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12 The More Things Change..
The Annville you remember has changed for the better. However,
you may be surprised by how much remains the same or has
improved through the efforts of LVC faculty, administrators, students,
and neighbors. Read about historic homes and businesses in Annville
that are thriving through College-community collaboration.
Editor's Note: Because there were so many good stories to tell and photos to
share, we have created an online piece that can be found at TheValleyOnline.
Ivc.edu. You are invited to contribute personal stories, memories, and
photographs. There are also three "bonus'' stories on alumni and our new
men's lacrosse coach, John Haus.
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20 Class News & Notes
40 In Meinoiian]
On the Cover: The 1 853 Annville farm that was owned by Dr. D. Clark
Carmean H'59 and Edna Carmean '59 for 40 years remains in the good
hands of Dr. Tom Car many '58. Carmany has maintained and increased
the Carmean's fabulous gardens and annually opens the grounds to
Editor's Note: Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel '49, H'68 was pictured, but not
identified, with Bishop Peggy Olver Johnson '75 on page 21 of the Fail
Valley. / extend a special thanks to Walt Smith '68 and others for providing
this information. LVC pride is alive and well.
Valley News & Notes
Visiting Assistant Instructor of Spanish
J aXCd JLJm -LctrSOfl) a visiting assistant instructor of Spanish at LVC,
has been named a Fulbright Scholar for the coming academic year. He plans to
conduct research at Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, on the effects of
Muslim immigration in the Iberian Peninsula. The Fulbright Scholar Program —
the U.S. governments flagship international exchange program — sends 800
students, faculty, and administrators abroad each year to increase mutual
understanding between the United States and other countries.
Larson will investigate the relatively new phenomenon of Muslim migration to
Spain and Portugal. He will examine how the governments and societies in those
two countries are dealing with the influx of immigrants, with an emphasis on the
political effects, compared to the experience of other Western European countries
where immigration is not such a new phenomenon.
Larson is a frequent commentator on Spanish radio regarding U.S. foreign policy.
He speaks fluent Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and is proficient in five other
languages. In August 2007, Larson co-taught an orientation course in Madrid for
LVC s Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain.
Distinguished Artists Series
Lebanon Valley College will launch its first Distinguished Artists Series in the fall. Three
pianists with international reputations will perform on the College's new Steinway
grand piano in Lutz Hall of the Blair Music Center Santiago Rodriguez, who has been
called a phenomenal pianist by The New York Times and who is "among the finest
pianists in the world" according to The Baltimore Sua will play here on Sunday, Sept.
27 at 3 p.m. He is considered one of today's foremost interpreters of the music of Sergei
Rachmaninov Next, Petronel Malan. who has been nominated for three Grammy Awards,
will take the stage on Saturday, Nov, 7 at 7:30 p.m. Her career was launched after she
won five international piano competitions in 2000. Finally, Hwaen Ch'qui will play on
Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. He was born in Peru and although he is blind, his adoptive
parents in nearby Marcheim began his musical training at the age of 5, wnen he arrived
in the United States He studied with Cindy Wittenberg of Lititz; John Harrison, formerly
of Elrzabethtown; and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster before
earning bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music in
Rochester, MY. Visit the LVC website for more details as they become available.
: Undergraduate Science Research Program of Merck-AAAS
has awarded Lebanon Valley College a grant of $60,000 to support
interdisciplinary research projects at the interface of chemistry and biology.
The grant proposal, written and submitted by Dr. Walter Pattern, associate
professor of chemistry, will provide funding for three primary projects:
» The Design of Molecules to Study Intracellular Signaling Events
» The Development of Nanoparticles for Therapeutic Applications
» The Discovery of Natural Products that Affect Microbial Organisms
2009 Award Winners
Harvey Mudd College
Lebanon Valley College
State University of New York at New Paltz
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of West Florida
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
The projects will be carried out by teams of students and faculty from both
the Chemistry and Biology departments over a period of three years, and
the grant will provide LVC with summer stipends for participants, necessary
supplies, funds for undergraduate travel for the presentation of student research, an ongoing seminar series,
and a capstone undergraduate research symposium to be held at the College. LVC was one of only 14 colleges
and universities nationwide, including Bowdoin and Fordham, to receive a 2009 Merck-AAAS award.
lvc Receives Historic Foundation Gift
for Student Financial Aid from the Stabler Foundation
Lebanon Valley College received a $1
million gift for student financial aid,
the largest single foundation grant
the College has ever received, LVC
President Stephen C. MacDonald
announced. "We are extremely grateful
to the Stabler Foundation for this very
generous award," MacDonald says.
"This is very welcome news for our
students and their families, especially
in these turbulent financial times." The
gift from the Donald B. and Dorothy
L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg
will create a new, permanent endow-
ment to reduce the college loan burdens
of some LVC students.
The trustees of the foundation have
asked that scholarship recipients be
encouraged to make contributions
to the Stabler Scholarship Fund after
graduation, in order to ensure that
future generations of students will
have the maximum funds available
to cover education costs. As an
endowment, the principal sum of
$1 million will remain untouched;
only the interest and future repay-
ments to the fund will be used for
scholarships. Over time, the fund is
expected to grow as more and more
LVC alumni contribute to it. The
primary consideration in awarding
Stabler scholarships will be the
financial need of upperclassmen at
LVC from counties in central and
Valley News & Notes
#1 U.S. College Theater Website Designed
by LVC Student Beats out Stanford and Princeton
Lebanon Valley College S theater website has been rated #1 in the nation
by ClickitTicket, an independent sports, theater, and concert ticket agency. LVC s
Wig and Buckle Theater Company website "is cheery, welcoming, and easy to use.
The background of the stage curtain is very cool," according to ClickitTicket, which
posted an online guide to the top 20 university/college theater club websites that
represent "the spirit and the magic of the theater." See the full list at:
LVC s site ranked above those at much larger institutions such as Stanford University,
third place; Princeton University, fifth; the University of Southern California, sixth;
and Wellesley College, 13th.
Wig and Buckle, LVCs theater company since 1935, got its prize-winning website
thanks to Sean Deffley '11, a junior digital communications major from Barnesville,
who put it together during his summer vacation with a little help on the technical
code from his older brother, Bryan. See the award-winning site at:
LVCs theater website is
" cheery, welcoming, and
easy to use
DefHey, who said he never had a computer class at Mahanoy
Area High School in Schuylkill County, has designed a few
websites before and created the cover of his high school
yearbook. As for LVC — "My professors — I love them," he says.
"They do a very good job of teaching and they make it fun. I
get a laugh in every class."
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Sen. Arlen Specter on Campus
In October, 2008, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter visited campus to talk with the LVC community
and the public. Pennsylvania's longtime U.S. senator gave a brief talk before opening
the floor to questions from the audience. LVC students were on hand to meet with the
senator during his visit.
Gaconos Honored with Founders Day Award;
Gamma Sigma Sigma Wins President's Award
Carl and Mary Jane Gacono P76, P'82, P'85, ^ho have infused the
town of Annville with a great sense of community pride as organizers
of the largest Memorial Day parade in Pennsylvania, were honored
in February for their dvic leadership. The t jaconos received Lebanon
Valley Colleges 30th annual Founders Day Award. Ihe couple,
founders of Prudential Gacono Rail Estate in Annville, also help to
organize the towns Christmas tree lighring downtown and coordinate
Santas arrival at the Allen Theatre.
At the same event in Miller ClupeL the College s Gamma Sigma
Sigma sorority was announced as the winner of LVC s Presidents
Award, given annually to a student group making a strong contri-
bution to the community. LVC President Stephen C. MacDonald
called Gamma Sigma Sigma a "relatively small group of 15 exceptionally
committed students who spontaneously responded to several special
requests for assistance from the local community.' The sorority has served residents of central Pennsylvania
with programs such as:
Kid s Day at the LVC Sports Center
LVC s Adopt-A-Highway Program
Relay for Life
The Lebanon Renova Center for The
Severely Mentally Disabled
The Palmyra Caring Cupboard Food Bank
George King '68,
'68 Delivers Tom Lectr
financial officer of the Energy Intelligence <
liege's Board of Trustees, delivered the annual Tom Lecture in
.jmics this past November to a standing-room-only crowd in Lynch Memorial
King discussed "Debunking Myths about Big Oil"
e field. TheTom Lecture is named in honor of the I
Dr. C.F. Joseph Tom,
rofessor emeritus of economics.
Valley News & Notes
Dr. Michael Green
as New Vice President and Dean
Dr. Michciel Greeil, a senior administrator at
Augustana College in Rock Island, 111., has been named the
vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at
Lebanon Valley College. Green will assume his new duties
Green has been associate dean at Augustana for six years
and associate vice president since 2007. Augustana is a
private liberal arts college with 2,500 students. Green, a bass
trombonist, taught in the Music Department for 17 years,
earning tenure and becoming chair of the department in
1997. Over the last 13 years he has served in increasingly
responsible administrative roles. He gave up his teaching
duties four years ago.
"I am excited to begin my work at an
institution with such a rich history as
well as excellent opportunities for the
"I look forward to working closely with Dr. Green in his
new position," LVC President Stephen C, Mat Donald says.
"He will bring a wealth of experience in overseeing programs
and policies that support excellence in teaching, learning,
and research. I am confident he will help Lebanon Valley
College adapt well to the challenges facing students and
faculty in the 21st century."
"It is a great honor to be named the vice president of
academic affairs and dean of the faculty," Green says. "I am
excited to begin my work at an institution with such a rich
history, as well as excellent opportunities for the future."
Green will take over his new position from Dr. Bryan
Hearst \, longtime professor of mathematical sciences at
LVC and chair of the department, who served as LVCs
acting vice president for academic affairs and dean of the
faculty after the departure of Dr. Ronald loll in June 2008.
Hearsey will rejoin the Mathematical Sciences Department
as chair in July. Dr. Ken Yarnall, associate professor of
mathematical sciences and coordinator of the Computer
Sciences Program, served as the department s acting chair
during this past academic year.
\*tt professor emeritus of English, has published
his first novel, Shunned. The novel concerns a young reporter wrestling with the
consequences of a failing relationship at the same time that he becomes entangled
in the lives of a Reformed Mennonite couple torn apart by the religious practice of
shunning. UnTapped Talent, a Hershey company co-owned by Maria M. Boyer '86,
published Ford s book.
Ford's novel is loosely based on a 1979 incident in the Lemoyne Farmers Market,
when Robert L. Bear, a Reformed Mennonite, literally picked up his wife from her
work at a market stand and carried her into his truck, where he held her against
her will for a half hour. Seven years earlier, Bear disagreed with the judgement
handed down by the bishop of his church and was banned. Church members —
including his wife and children — were told to shun him. As a result, Bear
declared he was in a "living hell" as he struggled to regain his family.
His trial was picked up by The Associated Press and appeared in newspapers all
over the country. Ford s fictional account takes a sympathetic approach to all of
his characters as they struggle with the meaning of love.
Before retiring from the College in 2001, Ford taught a variety of literature
and composition courses and later served as the Colleges dean of international
/isit the LVC bookstore at www.lvcbookstore.com to order your copy.
President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Visits Campus
Dr. Marilyn Moffat president of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, presented a special day-long program on keeping
the elderly active, a part of the LVC Department of Physical Therapy's course on geriatrics. All graduate physical therapy students
participated, as did several area professionals. Moffat, a recognized leader in the United States and internationally, is a practitioner,
teacher, consultant, leader, and author. She is a professor of physical therapy at New York University, has been in private practice
for over 40 years, and currently practices in the New York area.
Valley News & Notes
Pket Initiative Funds Undeigraduate
and Faculty Research and Projects
n order to foster student/faculty research in the humanities
and social sciences, Lebanon Valley College has chosen several
proposals to receive the second round of Pleet Initiative Awards.
The first round was awarded during the fall of 2008. The
Pleet Initiative was established by David and Lynn Pleet
of Lebanon. This is the first academic year for the program,
which grants research funds to students and faculty in nine
different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Over a two-year period, the awards will fund projects involv-
ing 10 faculty members and 24 to 28 students. The Pleet
Awards committee chose the following projects this semester:
The Valley Humanities Review — Drs. Gabriel Scala and
Laura Eldred of the Department of English will initiate a
project to develop a national online humanities journal to be
housed in the English Department at LVC.
Ephemerality and the Environment: Art and the Public
Space — Dr. Grant Taylor of the Department of Art and Art
History will work with students in what he calls a creative
collaborative group to complete three public art projects in
three different communities (the LVC campus, the rural
Annville area, and urban Harrisburg).
Creating an Online Interpretive Archive on the Sandino
Rebellion in Nicaragua, 1927-1934— Dr. Michael
Schroeder of the Department of History and Political Science
will work with students to create a comprehensive integrated
online archive of this major episode in 20th-century U.S.-
Latin American relations.
The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on the Academic
Engagement and Stereotypic Behaviors of Young Children
with Autism Spectrum Disorder — Dr. Kathryn Oriel of
the Department of Physical Therapy and Dr. Cheryl George
of the Department of Education will narrow and focus their
previous studies to look in much greater detail into their
initial findings that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
respond positively to aerobic exercise.
LVC Spanish Major Heads State's
Student Education Association
Laura WiniarCZyk '09 of York, a Spanish
major at LVC, served as the 2008-2009 president
of the Student Pennsylvania State Education
Association (SPSEA). The organization, which has
nearly 10,000 members, is dedicated to offering
professional development to future teachers,
including opportunities to interact with children
in and out of the classroom, as well as to network
with schools and faculty.
During her one-year term, Winiarczyk
worked on increasing membership in
the organization and encouraging
future teachers to become involved in
SPSEA's wide range of programs, including seminars on
classroom management and job interview skills.
t Winiarczyk is the recipient of the Pennsylvania
l State Education Association s Lucy A. Valero
Scholarship, given each year to outstanding
Students. Winiarczyk hopes to teach Spanish in
secondary school or English as a Second
Language. She also plans to work toward
a principal's certificate. Eventually, she
hopes to become a superintendent of
schools. "I love to be in leadership
roles," she says.
European Union Simulation Through McGiU Gift
hen Andrew Raudensky '09, a political science
major at LVC, played Czech Prime Minister Mirek
Topolanek at a European Union (EU) Simulation in Was-
hington, D.C., he says he learned to wheel and deal and to
compromise. Ten LVC students spent a three-day weekend
last November in the nations capital, role-playing actual
politicians from the Czech Republic.
One LVC student, Gregory Kaufrman '09 of Lititz, an
individualized major and Spanish major, was voted "Best
Parliamentarian" by 170 peers who attended from 10 other
colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region. According to some of
his fellow LVC students, Kaufrman, a "die-hard Democrat"
who led the College Democrats at LVC, successfully argued
his points as a "die-hard Communist" in the simulation.
This opportunity for experiential learning was far more
stimulating than simply reading about the EU in a book,
discussing it in class, or listening to a lecture. "We learned
about the origins, the functions, and the inner workings
of the European Union," explains Dave Meharg '08 of
Reading, a history and political science major. "We learned
why it exists, when it came about, and also about the Czech
Republic — where it stands."
Dr. Philip Benesch, assistant professor of political science at
LVC, initiated the idea of participating in the event. "I think
our students worked remarkably well together and maintained
their personas," he says. "Students . . . were actively engaged."
Dr. Diane Johnson, assistant professor of political science,
prepared her students for the symposium in an upper-level
political science class last fall. LVC students immersed
themselves in the politics of the Czech Republic and issues
that are affecting Europe, such as climate change. They
debated the advantages and disadvantages of possible
alternative energy sources from their adopted country's point
One highlight of the trip was visiting the Czech Embassy
in Washington, where the students' alter egos were well
known to the political director. The students reported that
the director was remarkably frank about the issues facing
his country, but only after immediately telling them,
"Everything's off the record!"
In order to enable all LVC students taking the European
Simulation class to attend the conference, Dr. William J.
McGill Jr., senior vice president and dean of the faculty
emeritus, and his wife, Ellen, generously provided funds
for travel and expenses so that this year's students, as well
as students for at least two more years, could attend the
conference free of charge.
2nd Annual Social Justice Institute Held
In January, 23 students gave up three days of their winter break to participate in the 2nd Annual Social Justice Institute.
The three-day institute was co-sponsored by the LVC offices of Multicultural Affairs and Student Activities. In addition to
learning about various forms of inequality and oppression, students completed visits to various human-service and
social-service agencies during a day-long trip to New York City. This year's agencies included: Dress for Success Inter-
national; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center; Common Cents; Lifespi re; Action Against Hunger;
and the Bowery Residents Committee.
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Office of Admission Introduces the
Scholarship Calculator and Children of
Do you have children, friends, or family who would like to know
the value of their scholarship to attend Lebanon Valley College
before they fill out any paperwork? Now, with the help of an
online calculator on the LVC website, prospective students can
determine costs after scholarships for the 2009-10 academic
year. Lebanon Valley College has created a page at:
Presidential Scholarships are available at three levels:
Vickroy Scholarship: One-half off tuition
Leadership Award: One-third off tuition
Achievement Award: One-quarter off tuition
Keep in mind this calculator is not an official determination of
your scholarship nor eligibility for merit-based aid, but it is a
good indicator. In addition, children of alumni are eligible for
the College's Children of Alumni Award, worth $2,500 per year
or $10,000 over four years, as well as any other scholarships or
need-based financial aid for which students may be eligible.
For more information, please call 1-866-LVC-4ADM.
Students Take Field Trip to Paris
OvertheThanksgiving break, Dr. Barbara Anderman,
chair and associate professor of art, took students from
her class, Art, Culture and Urban Development, to
Paris. Students from several majors visited the Louvre,
Versailles, and numerous other galleries and museums.
This is the third trip she has led in recent years in
conjunction with the course.
Pictured in the Versailles Hall of Mirrors are, back row, left to right:
Jillian Keller '09, David Hawk '09, Katie DeMario '11, Chris Bauer
'09, Brittany Hodge '09, and Patricia Beavan '09; front row: Jeffrey
Dresely '09, Kaitlyn Leibman '09, and Spenser Jarret '09.
President MacDonald Quoted in
The Wall Street Journal
President Stephen C. MacDonald was quoted in December
along with fellow administrators from Duke, Harvard, and
others in an article, "Private Colleges Worry About a Dip in
Enrollment," which appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
German Professor Delivers Annual Springer Lecture
Dr. Holger Hinz, professor and chair of finance at the International Institute of Management at Flensburg University, Germany,
presented "So,Tell Me: What's up in Germany These Days?" in April as part of the College's annual Fred Springer Lecture
in International Business Management. Professor Hinz provided students with an introduction to Germany, including an
overview of the German economy.
Men's Tennis. Women's Tennis, and Volleyball Serve up Championships
The Lebanon Valley College men's tennis, women's tennis, and volleyball teams each won Commonwealth Conference championships and their
first-ever NCAA Tournament berths this year. They were joined by the field hockey team that appeared in their 1 4th NCAA Championship
Commonwealth Conference Women's Tennis Champions
(I to r.): Head Coach Cliff Myers, Charissa Nordall '09, Kelly Moll '09, Jess
Ferlenda '11, Jan White '09, Sarah Grodzinski '10, Sammy Burkey '09, Sara
Wagner '09, Shayna Heintzelman '11, Assistant Coach Joy Graeff
Honors: Sarah Grodzinski and Kelly Moll, First Team All-
Commonwealth Conference; Sammy Burkey and Charissa Nordall,
Second Team All-Commonwealth Conference; Sarah Grodzinski,
Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year; and, Cliff Myers,
Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year
Commonwealth Conference Men s Tennis Champions
(L to r.): Andrew Levin '09, KyleKahl '12, Jon Gingrich '10, Matt
Grodzinski '10, BradSweigart 'll,JaredZeigler '09, Tom Neckelmann '11,
Matt Hotchkiss '10, Head Coach Cliff Myers, Assistant Coach Joy Graeff
Honors: Jared Zeigler, First Team All-Commonwealth Conference;
Matt Grodzinski and Tom Neckelmann, Second Team All-
Commonwealth Conference; and, Cliff Myers, Commonwealth
Conference Coach of the Year
Commonwealth Conference Volleyball Champions
(Back Row, I. to r.): Assistant Coach Diana Perry, Assistant Coach John Swift,
Joelle Snyder '11, Emily Perkins '11, Emily Hopkins '11, Jamie Hawk '12,
Michelle Little '11, Jess Ruber '11, Rome Oliver '12, Stephan Boyer '10,
Head Coach Wayne Perry 79. (Middle Row, I to r.): Steph Derk '12, Christa
Vrabel '10, Angela Kuperavage '12, Kaitlyn Kepler '12, Luisa Perez '12, Nicole
Barra '12. (Front Row, I to r.): Brandi Roth '09 and Erin Yost '09
Honors: Joelle Snyder, Emily Hopkins, and Erin Yost, First Team
All-Commonwealth Conference; Brandi Roth, Second Team All-
Commonwealth Conference; Erin Yost, Commonwealth Conference
Player of the Year; Joelle Snyder, Honorable Mention All-America;
and, Wayne Perry 79, Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year
SUMMER 2009 11
Change . . .
By Frederick Cusick P'08 and Lauren Cusick P'08
Before Mary Meyer was even old enough to go to
school, she was getting an education on Main Street
in Annville. Her babysitter, Marrian Spangler, the
butcher s wife, entertained the little girl by taking her
to Smiths Hardware Store, the pharmacy, Hot Dog Franks, and
to visit friends. At Christmastime, Spangler took Mary to visit
Santa at the old Astor Theatre.
Now, 50 years later, all of those businesses, some of those
buildings, and most of those people are gone, but Mary
Meyer Gardner is still making the rounds on Main Street.
Only now, she has 30 members of her Lebanon Valley
College swim teams in tow. "I want to support the town,
to let the students know that Annville s okay," says the
longtime Valley swim team coach and aquatics director. All
that early socialising in Annville influenced how Gardner
sees the world and she wants to share her values. "I grew up
liking people," she explains.
Recendy, Gardner persuaded the new owner of Kettering
Corner (formerly Phil Kettering s Sporting Goods Store)
to open early so that her men's and women's swim teams
could come in for Sunday breakfast at the charming,
historic limestone building. Gardner also invites students
to her renovated farmhouse on the edge of campus. (Those
early years in the hardware store convinced her that she
could handle the work, she says.) Her home is a haven
for students like Alexandra Hockley '12 of Lebanon, a
member of the LVC swim team who has been coached by
Gardner since she was five years old. "She's like a second
mom to me," Hockley says.
The Gardners' farmhouse, halfway up a hill off Maple
Street, is a short walk from LVC's Arnold Sports Center.
Kettering Corner, formerly Kettering's Sporting
Goods, serves food year round and is a favorite ice
cream stop for students.
Nearly as far in the other direction is
the Annville-Cleona Pool, built on land
Gardner s ancestors once owned and where
she has taught generations of township
children to swim in the Otters Program.
Gardener s roots in Annville run deep.
The deed to her family's original Annville
farm, near her current 60 acres, came down
through her family from Thomas Penn, son
of Pennsylvania's founder William Penn.
But she is just one of the many faculty
and staff members at LVC — most of
Annville Streetscape Project Begins Phase II
Annville Township Commissioner Richard R Charles, who led the suc-
cessful Annville Streetscape Project, a 13-year effort to improve a four-
block section of Main Street, is now in the preliminary states of leading
a second project to develop a business and retail complex that will be
housed in restored buildings on East Main Street. Charles, who is also
LVC's vice president for advancement emeritus, is coordinating the proj-
ect funded jointly by the township, the state, and the College. Included
in the project will be five historic properties the College will sell to the
Township, which will be renovated to highlight their historic character,
with off-street parking in the rear, The College expects to contribute
$250,000 to the project. "We occupy a significant place in the economy
of the Township, and we understand that our financial well-being is linked
to Annville's. We cannot prosper if the township suffers," LVC President
Stephen C. MacDonald has said. The College also contributed $250,000
toward the $4 million Annville Streetscape project, which was completed
in 2004. Brick-bordered sidewalks, new street trees, and period lamp-
posts were installed along the rebuilt section of Route 422, along with
wider, safer intersections and lighted pedestrian crossings. Utility poles
and wires were relocated to the rear of buildings, and under the road,
new storm sewer lines were installed.
them relative newcomers — who over
the decades have helped students
appreciate the people, the history, and
the places that make this small town in
central Pennsylvania special.
When in session, its 1 ,600-plus
students and 450 full- and part-time
faculty and staff make the College
nearly half as large as Annville itself,
which is home to some 4,500 residents.
So its not surprising that over the
years the people who have been drawn
to work at and live near the College
have influenced the face of Annville,
from its brick-lined streetscape (see
box on p. 13) to its restored historic
homes. And the business owners of
Annville, in turn, have created places
that appeal to people from the region
and to the young people who have
come here to study.
"There is no physical barrier between
the College and the community," LVC
President Stephen C. Mac Dona Id says
when he speaks about Annville. "We
are literally the backyard of the town
and we treasure this casual intimacy."
Allen "Skip" Hicks bought Ann-
ville s vacant, decrepit Astor Theatre on
Main Street in 1993 and restored it
as the Allen Theatre and MJ's Coffee-
house. Now it's an art-deco gem, one
of just a handful of independent thea-
ters in central Pennsylvania offering
first-run films. The warm, vibrant cof-
feehouse alongside the theater is a
favorite hangout for township residents
and college students, and it's also a
destination for medical students from
the nearby Pennsylvania State University
College of Medicine at the Milton S.
Hershey Medical Center. The Allen
and MJ s have become regional
cultural icons, and due to Hicks'
generosity, they are almost extensions
of LVC. The College regularly schedules
both its yearlong colloquium film series
and its Wednesday night coffeehouse
series there. When MJ s holds its own
events, the line between the College
and the popular venue blurs even
more, since one of the regulars is jazz
pianist Andy Roberts, an adjunct in-
structor in LVC s Music Department.
Several blocks west on Main Street,
the three young Rotunda brothers —
Mike, Lou, and Dave — moved their
popular new, southwest-themed
Batdorf Restaurant in 2008 from
The Batdorf Building (across from
the newly renovated Annville Square)
into the historic Washington Tavern.
Meanwhile, the Annville Diner has
taken up residence in the Batdorf s
old digs. Many older alumni remember
The Batdorf Building as the Annville
Inn, where students like Dr. Tom
Carmany '58 says he enjoyed a drink as
You could say the College has kept
Annville young and the town has kept
the College grounded, a part of the
real world. "The College adds a certain
life and vitality and fills out that
The Allen Theatre, formerly the Astor Theatre,
is an art-deco gem that shows first-run mov-
ies. The adjacent MJs Coffeehouse often fea-
tures LVC performers such as Andy Roberts,
adjunct instructor of music.
critical mass of people at the Batdorf
and the Allen, and makes them fun
places to go. The diversity of ages
makes it exciting," adds the Rev. Dr.
Paul Fullmer, LVCs chaplain since
2005 and son of Ruth Fullmer '61.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr.
Kristen Boeshore '92, an Annville
native, has seen the dynamic between
the College and the town change
throughout her lifetime. "The students
actually enjoy going downtown," she
says. "When I was a student here, on
weekends, the students used to go
At a time when more and more
colleges are offering classes, speakers,
art galleries, concerts, and sports faci-
lities to their surrounding commu-
nities, LVC still stands out as being
more welcoming and generous than
most. "Of the three colleges I've
worked for, Lebanon Valley is the
most open to the community," notes
Annville Township Commissioner
Richard Charles, LVC s vice president
emeritus for advancement. Charles led
a 13-year effort to remake the towns
"Annville is a lot friendlier to college
students, and the college students give
a lot more back to the community
than where I go," explains Jessica
Lane, a north Annville resident who is
a senior at a state university.
Lane grew up looking forward to
LVC s Spring Arts Festival, now called
ValleyFest, when it regularly attracted
some 15,000 to 20,000 community
members. And, she, like Boeshore,
recalls how much she enjoyed LVC
students volunteering for special
events such as Asian Culture Day
at her elementary school. At Lane s
The Annville Streetscape Project helps visitors
realize the beauty of Main Street houses
and businesses, including the oldfirehouse
own public library. The Annville Free
Library started at the home of Li I lie
Struble, wife of Dr. George Struble,
LVC professor of English, both
For exercise, 1,200 locals pay from
$204 to $660 a year to join the Arnold
Sports Center, where bucolic views
soothe those tethered to treadmills.
Sandy Sudbury of Annville pays only
$100 per year for a weekly tennis
contract, about a quarter of what it
would be at a commercial tennis club.
Hundreds of local students on high
school teams are able to use LVC
facilities when they are available. In
May, LVC hosted some PIAA State
softball playoff games for example.
Likewise, the Suzanne H. Arnold Art
Gallery offers free admission for most
exhibition openings, and Gallery staff
actively encourages visits from school
Busloads of seniors from local
retirement communities arrive
"The College adds a certain life and
vitality and fills out that critical mass
of people at the Batdorf and the Allen,
and makes them fun places to go."
university, the athletic facility "isn't
really open to the public," she says,
even though its a public university, part
of the Penn State System of Higher
Education. "Theater tickets cost more,
and not as many events are open to
the public or free," she says.
At LVC, Lebanon County residents
are welcome to get cards to the College
library, even though Annville has its
regularly for free Music Department
concerts and recitals. Students in some
local high schools can take free courses
here through the state-subsidized dual
enrollment program. Older adults
can audit classes for a $50 fee. In an
effort to create a positive relationship
between town and gown, members of
the Annville Police Department can
take free classes.
Beyond what the College has to offer
residents through its beautiful campus
and the thousands of community
service hours LVC students completed
during recent years, some LVC faculty
families have found unique ways to
enrich the life of the town.
people: Porches, Porches II, and When
We Talk About War.
When they moved here four years
ago, Chaplain Fullmer and his wife,
Becky, were thrilled that the owners
of 444 Main St. accepted their offer
on the stately 1906 three-story brick
"Annville is a great tool for teaching
history ... It's like a timeline running
through town ..."
German Professor Dr. James Scott,
chair of LVC s Foreign Languages
Department, co-founded the
Quittapahilla Highlanders, a bagpipe
band that includes many locals
and proudly marches in Annville s
celebrated Memorial Day Parade.
English Professor Dr. Philip Billings
and LVC s Artist-in-Residence Dan
Massad, collaborated on three books
that celebrate the lives of Annville
home built by Bishop J.S. Mills. Mills'
brother-in-law was Dr. Lawrence
Keister, namesake of Keister Residence
Hall and president of LVC from 1907
to 1912. "There were several people
interested in the house and I think
we got it because the owners thought
that the bishop s house should go
to the College chaplain," Fullmer
says. The Fullmers have deepened
the ties their historic home has with
Becky, Julianna, and the Rev. Dr. Paul
Fullmer purchased Bishop J.S. Mills* 1906
home on Main Street and have become part
of the towns history.
Annville and the College by hosting
garden tours for the community and
dinners for students. Several student
organizations, such as the Taekwondo
Club and Praise Him with Dance,
have used Fullmer s open third floor
for practice space.
"We love Annville. It's a wonderful
place to be," Fullmer says. While his
wife coordinates a popular babysitting
list, matching LVC students with
Annville families, and his toddler
daughter, Julianna, attends LVC s
rival for "higher" education in
Annville, Bounce U, Fullmer has
also immersed himself in the towns
history. He compiled a booklet of
historic structures for Friends of Old
Annville, the volunteer organization
that has worked for 30 years to
preserve the historic streetscape in
the town center. He is now a vice
president of the organization.
"Annville is a great tool for teach-
ing history," he points out. "It's like a
timeline running through town, begin-
ning in the west with the flour mill
from the mid- 1700s, past Sukey
Harris' log cabin, then old frame
houses, factories like the former
Annville Mills (now upscale apart-
ments) and LVC's Derickson Hall
Apartments (also a former mill),
to brick homes from the mid- 19th
century." Finally, there's Fullmer's own
neighborhood on the east end of Main
Street with its grand Victorian homes
from the late 19th and early 20th
Dr. Bryan Hearsey, professor and
chair of mathematical sciences, and his
wife, Carolyn, restored an 1850s-era
house they moved into in 1971 when
Hearsey came to LVC.
"One of the things we loved was it's
just such a wonderful place to raise
kids," Hearsey says. "It's a small town
and I think the relationship between
the College and the town is great."
Further west from the Hearsey's
home is the 1860s residence of Dr.
Owen Moe and his wife, Kathy. The
Moes came to Annville in 1972 when
Owen joined the Chemistry Depart-
ment, where he is now the Vernon
and Doris Bishop Distinguished
Professor and serves as chair of the
department. Three years after arriving
in Annville, the couple purchased
a rundown duplex at auction for
$16,500. Vacant for years, the brick
duplex most recently had been used as
a beauty parlor. One of the first orders
of business was to remove sinks from
the living room.
"It was pretty rough when we
bought it," Owen notes. "Every single
room needed extensive work."
With youthful enthusiasm and the
help of a Reader's Digest home-repair
book, the Moes restored the house,
room by room. "The house has
character," Kathy says. Looking back
on all the work, Owen says, "It was
naivete disguised as courage." When
his wife proposed some alterations,
such as moving a wall, "I almost
fainted," he recalls, laughing, and
adds, "It's been fun to see how fixing
up and restoring homes controls the
ambience of the town."
Four years after beginning work
on their home, the couple widened
the scope of their restoration efforts
and joined others in town to become
charter members of Friends of Old
Annville. The organization eventually
succeeded in getting the center of
town registered as a national historic
district. The group was organized after
several residents were disappointed to
see the demolition of an historic home
and the adjacent pharmacy in the
center of town.
Those historic buildings were
replaced with a parking lot, which has
since been fronted by a war memorial,
an effort led by a former township
commissioner, Al Yingst, an Annville
resident and the director of public
safety at LVC.
Despite 30 years of restoration,
efforts that have made the town more
attractive than it used to be, Owen
says the drive to demolish still remains
in some quarters. "You hear: 'Oh, that
house isn't worth doing. Tear it down.
Put in parking.' We keep hammering
every issue," Owen says, "pushing the
benefits of historic districts."
Older alumni, who left for World
War II from the Annville Train
Station, which stood behind where
Funkhouser Residence Hall now
stands, can thank Friends of Old
Annville for carefully taking the
Kathy Moe (L), wife of Dr. Owen Moe, was
recently honored by the Annville Rotary
Club far her work with the Quittapahilla
Nature Park. Three other members of the LVC
family — Mary Gardner, Ann Lasky, and
Al Yingst — were also honored for their
station apart and reconstructing it a
few blocks east on the train tracks, off
"The more that you take these old
buildings and restore them, renovate
them, the more you're creating the
sort of place that you want to live in,"
The Moes' house may be renovated
now, but Kathy is still building.
Recently, she was honored for leading
the effort to rebuild a bridge at the
Quittapahilla Creek Nature Park that
allows township middle and high
school students to walk directly to
school through Quittie Park, rather
than taking a longer route through
the high-traffic town center. Now
she's planning a community garden
near the cemetery behind St. Mark's
The committee that created the
Quittie Creek Nature Park grew out
of Friends of Old Annville in 1989.
Dr. David Lasky, professor emeritus
of psychology, and his wife, Ann,
spearheaded the creation of the 25-
acre park. She recalls sitting on her
front porch on East Walnut Street,
dismayed to see trucks dump waste
concrete into the woods near the creek
where her three children played. The
Laskys got together with other local
residents and successfully petitioned
the township commissioners to stop
the dumping. Annville Township had
already looked into the feasibility of
turning the area into a park, but shelved
the idea because it was too expensive.
"We said, 'We can make it into a park/
and they said, l You can do whatever
you want/" Ann recalls. The Laskys
and others, such as Ray Swingholm,
then an Annville-Cleona High School
biology teacher, mobilized the com-
mitment of many volunteers and
businesses and wrote grants to help
with the costs. A creek bed that was
once "little more than an open sewer"
now supports stocked trout for local
anglers. The creek is lined by hiking
paths through the woods. Lasky, head
of the Quittapahilla Watershed Asso-
ciation, is hoping to get the creek
upgraded again. He spotted trout
fingerlings in the creeks headwaters,
which means the water might be pure
enough now for the fish to be self-
While the Quittie Park Committee
lobbied for state grants to fund the
park, Dr. Susan Verhoek, professor
emeritus of biology, laboriously created
a repository of all the native plants
in the creek area. College student
volunteers participated — and still
participate — in the regular park clean-
ups and help out at fundraising events
that are fun for township children, like
fall Pumpkin Days.
Now that the most backbreaking
work on the park is done, Ann says she
and her husband and grandchildren
walk in the park all the time. And they
keep an eye on things, most recently
battling the invasive garlic mustard
plant. Ann is currently marshalling
volunteers to remove the unwelcome,
non-native plant that crowds native
Plants of another sort are Dr. Tom
Carmany's '58 avocation.
'They were excellent
gardeners. They told
me the story behind
Carmany, who came back to the
area in 1990 after a long career as a
pathologist in New Mexico, bought
the 1853 farmhouse that LVCs Dr. D.
Clark Carmean H'59, and his wife,
Edna '59, had lived in since 1940.
Clark was a music professor and long-
time dean of admission and Edna
wrote a history of Annville, among
other things. But both were best known
for their love of the College and its
students. The Carmeans entertained
generations of undergraduates at their
Mt. Pleasant Road house. They also
planted thousands of flowers on their
7.9-acre property. After
donating the house to the
College in 1990, which in
turn sold it to Carmany,
the Carmeans moved
to a nearby retirement
community. In a way they
never left home. "They
came here almost every
day," Carmany says. "They
were excellent gardeners.
They told me the story
behind every plant. I felt
I was their gardener," he laughs. "I
didn't have the vaguest idea what was
involved in taking care of this place."
And now that the Carmeans have
died, "I just don't go around with
a chainsaw, hacking things down,
because in a sense they're still here,"
he says. Carmany has planted tens
of thousands more bulbs, using an
electric augur with a long shaft for
efficiency. "I didn't know this would
become a passion."
Carmany says he has been happy to
preserve the gardens and the legacy of
the Carmeans' hospitality. Each year
he welcomes hundreds of visitors who
stop by to see the gardens. At least
one Annville-Cleona School District
teacher has told him she alters her
route to work in the spring so that
she can see his profusion of daffodils
and tulips. But what most visitors
don't realize is that gardening is only
one of Carmany's passions. Like so
many other Valley students and faculty
members, he has found a unique
way to make a contribution to the
community. The retired physician is
currently working with many others to
establish a health clinic for the needy
Way across town, from her front
porch on College Avenue, Vicki
Dr. Tom Carmany '58 (inset box) has expanded the beautiful gardens (pictured here and on page 18)
first planted by Dr. D. Clark Carmean H'59 and Edna Carmean '59.
Gingrich is also enjoying a garden —
but in her case it is the beautiful
new landscaping surrounding LVC's
Humanities Center. "My front yard is
the campus," Gingrich says. For years
in the 1990s, she served as the Valley's
advisor to international students.
Today she runs a drop-in after-
school program in Annville Free
Library's basement and also works
at MJ's. Her workplaces, both major
gathering spots in Annville, put her
in a unique position to see how the
College and the township interact.
What many Annville people don't
know, Gingrich says, is that the young
person staffing the circulation desk
at the Annville Free Library is often
an LVC work-study student whose
30 hours of weekly service is free to
Annville. There are two more work-
study slots elsewhere in town. It's also
not generally known that when the
library needs computer monitors,
Gingrich can count on donations
from LVC; or, that when she's short
a piece of audio-visual equipment for
a library talk, she can count on her
neighbor, LVC, to come to the rescue
with a loaner. Now that her husband,
Tom, is nearing retirement age, they
have considered moving, but decided
to stay put. The lawns at LVC remind
her of how her two boys grew up
there, playing with their friends. She
has served on the Annville-Cleona
School Board. She knows people from
all walks of life, from the College and
from Annville, and she says simply,
"We like this town."
Frederick Cusick P'08 spent 26 years
at The Philadelphia Inquirer before
retiring several years ago. Lauren Cusick
PV8 is LVCs director of media relations.
Carl and Mary Jane Gacono also
contributed to this story. For more on the
GaconoSy see related story, p. 5.
Editors Note: Because there were so
many good stories to tell and photos
to share, we have created an online
continuation of this piece that can be
found at TheValleyOnlineJvc.edu.
Alumni and friends are invited to
contribute personal stories, memories,
and photographs at the online site.
NOTE: All locations are in Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted.
Students Make a Difference: Relay for Life 2009
For the past eight years, LVC has hosted its own Relay for Life to raise much
needed funds for the American Cancer Society. Since 2001 , this annual (and
largest) service project has raised over $100,000. With the help of 40 relay teams
consisting of student athletes and members of student organizations, the LVC
Colleges Against Cancer group reached their goal of raising $45,000 this year.
Relay for Life event chairs, Chelsea Geyer '10 and Alexandra DelPrete '10, worked
many hours making this event a success. Participants enjoyed this year's
theme, Carnival for a Cure, as they played carnival games, watched a hypnotist,
and witnessed 12 fellow students cut their hair to donate to Pantene Beautiful
Lengths. Watch videos from the event at:
Mark E. Jurman 74 and his wife, Lee
Rachel, have two daughters, Michelle
Xue, 12, and Ally Ning, 7. Both girls were
adopted from China. Mark teaches eighth-
grade science at the Edward Devotion
School in Brookline, Mass. He received
his masters degree in science education in
August 2008 from Lesley University.
Michael "Mike" McGranaghan '90 and
his wife, Stephanie, welcomed a son,
Logan James, into their family on Nov.
14, 2008. Mike is the program director for
Catholic Charities in Danville.
Cherie Lingle Van Zant '92 and her
husband, John, welcomed a daughter,
Kamryn Grace, into their family on June
Lori Moyer Suavely '93 and her husband,
Shawn T. Snavely '92, welcomed a
daughter, Ashlyn Elizabeth, into their
family on Aug. 11, 2008. Lori is an
instrumental music teacher in the Daniel
Boone School District in Douglassville.
Shawn is the senior network administrator
at The Reading Hospital and Medical
Center in West Reading.
Robert M. Adams '94 and his wife, Ashley,
welcomed a son, Braydin Preston, into
their family on July 30, 2008. Bob is
employed by The Hershey Company as the
operations manager at the Visitors Center
at Hershey s Chocolate World.
Rebecca "Becky" Brown Pipino '94
and her husband, Patrick, welcomed
a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, into their
family on May 5, 2008. Becky is a third-
grade teacher in the Saratoga City School
District, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Catherine E.C. Sullivan '94 and her
husband, David M. Sullivan '92, welcomed
a daughter, Alexandra Grace, into their
family on Nov. 5, 2008.
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Dr. Millard J. Miller is the oldest known
living alumnus of Lebanon Valley College. Miller received
his bachelor's degree in English from LVC in 1928, a
master of divinity degree from the United Theological
Seminary in 1933, and received an honorary doctor of
divinity degree from LVC in 1950.
Miller was born in Weyers Cave, Va., and when he
was a young boy, his grandfather came and lived with
his family. His grandfather was a Civil War veteran who
would tell stories of his experiences including his cavalry
ride with General Jeb Stuart.
While a student at LVC, Miller met his future wife,
Emmeline May Shaffer 79, who was the 1929 LVC May
Queen. Miller drove an automobile to Philadelphia and
purchased a dress for Emmeline from Wanamaker's Department Store with
money he had saved all year.
He served as a United Brethren and then United Methodist minister for
over 40 years. He retired to the Otterbein Retirement Community in Lebanon,
Ohio in 1989. He was one of the founding members of the Scribblers, an
organization for writers at Otterbein. He will turn 103 this July.
Additional pictures, memorabilia, and stories can be viewed at
The Valley Online. Ivc. edu.
Tammy Taschler Caccavo '96 and her
husband, Mark, welcomed a son, Aden
Cole, into their family on April 23, 2008.
Son Alec is 2. Tammy teaches Spanish in
the Souderton Area School District.
Meredith Lute Buck '97 and her husband,
Christopher Buck f 98 r welcomed a son,
Lucas Aaron, into their family on Aug. 5,
Gregory Glembocki '97 and his wife,
Melissa, have two daughters, Gianna
Marie, 5, and Giselle Naomi, 2. Greg is
an account executive, Philadelphia Metro
Sales, for Federal Express based in Fort
Nicole Lancieri Roccato '97 and her
husband, Michael, welcomed a daughter,
Iszabella, into their family on Dec. 14,
2007. Nicole is a guidance counselor in
the Pemberton Township School District
in New Jersey.
Robert "Rob" Searfoss ( 97 and his wife,
Lisa, welcomed a son, Brayden Cole,
into their family on Oct. 17, 2007.
Rob is a teacher and football coach
in the Greenville County Schools in
Leslie Gardiner Lizano '98 and her
husband, Jesus, welcomed a daughter,
Olivia Elizabeth, into their family on Aug.
5, 2008. Leslie is the operations manager
at General Investment and Development
Allison Brunetti Okolichany '98 and her
husband, Keenan, welcomed a daughter,
Nora, into their family on March 20, 2008.
She is a second-grade teacher at Frenchtown
Elementary School in New Jersey.
Audra Palopoli Popejoy '98, M'05 and her
husband, Walter "Wally" R. Popejoy '96,
M'01 f welcomed a son, Owen Raymond,
into their family on June 1, 2008. Wally
earned his principal s certification in
August 2008 from Alvernia College. He
is a fifth-grade teacher and administrative
assistant to the principal at Southwest
Elementary School in the Lebanon School
Alicia Harvath Flory '99 and her husband,
Donald, welcomed a daughter, Regan
Marie, into their family on July 6, 2007.
Alicia is a payroll accountant for the
Pennsylvania State System of Higher
Education in Harrisburg.
Alicia Way Showalter '99 and her
husband, Ian, welcomed a daughter,
Delaney Sky, into their family on Jan. 7.
Alicia is a compliance officer/financial
consultant at Union National Community
Bank in Mount Joy.
Emily Fager Howard '00 and her husband,
Michael B. Howard, Esq., '00, welcomed a
son, Robert Michael, into their family on
June 25, 2008. Emily is a technical services
supervisor at Actavis, and Michael, who
graduated in May 2008 from The George
Washington University Law School, is
employed by Miles and Stockbridge. Both
companies are in Baltimore, Md.
Stephanie Walters Lewis '00 and her
husband, Joseph, welcomed a daughter,
Julia Rhiannon, into their family on April
30, 2008. Stephanie is enjoying being a
Selena Rodgers Mallios '00 and her
husband, Mathew, welcomed a daughter,
Sophia Nicole, into their family on July
23, 2008. Selena is a full-time anatomy
and physiology instructor at Lancaster
General College of Nursing and Health
Kristi Baker McMichael '00 and her
husband, William, welcomed a daughter,
Hope Elizabeth, into their family on July
Hope Elizabeth McMichael
Dorene Heckman Byler '01 and her
husband, Nathan Byler '01, welcomed a
son, Luke Amadeus, into their family on
July 19, 2008. Dorene teaches elementary
general music in the Ephrata Area School
District and Nathan is the coordinator
of the online academy for the Northern
Lebanon School District in Fredericksburg.
Stacey Stinson Fessler '01 and her
husband, Parrish J. Fessler '01, welcomed
a son, Thomas Aiden, into their family on
June 6, 2008.
Eric Gervase '01 and his wife, Melissa
Black Gervase '01, welcomed a daughter,
Class News & Notes
Juliana Nicole, into their family on Sept.
24, 2008. Eric is the director of sales for
Nxtbook Media, and received his master s
degree in business administration in May
2008 from Millersville University.
Donald L Raiger '01 and his wife, Dawn,
welcomed a son, Owen Alexander, into
their family on Oct. 31, 2008. Donald
is a correctional researcher/analyst for
Amy Kartzman Rein '01 and her husband,
Joseph, welcomed a son, Joseph John V,
into their family on Dec. 18, 2008.
Brandie May Warren '01 and her
husband, Ash, welcomed a son, Archer
Grey, into their family on Aug. 21, 2008.
Misty Gloudemans Sohn '02 and her
husband, Harry, welcomed a son, Trent
Michael, into their family on Nov. 21, 2007.
Capt. Donald P. Carter '03 and his wife,
Amy, welcomed a son, Liam Patrick, into
their family on July 11, 2008. Donald is
an officer in the U.S. Army.
David S. LoBianco '03 and his wife, Noreen,
welcomed a son, Jonah Gabriel, into their
family on July 11, 2008. David is the mana-
ger of tearsheet operations at the Mid-Adan-
tic Newspaper Services Inc. in Harrisburg.
Kristin Conicelli Sweigard '03 and her
husband, Josh Sweigard '05 f welcomed
a son, Brodie Joshua, into their family on
Archer Grey Warren with sister Arabelle
Kelly Cooney Watts '01 and her husband,
Harry, welcomed a son, Alexander James,
into their family on Sept. 24, 2008. She is
a financial analyst at Harsco Corporation
in Camp Hill.
Jaclyn Brown Griffith '02 and her
husband, Sean Griffith '01, welcomed a
daughter, Avery Chase, into their family
on Oct. 24, 2008. Jaclyn received her
master s degree in library science and
information technology in December 2008
from Mansfield University. She teaches
elementary English as a Second Language
at Reidenbaugh Elementary School in
Lititz. Sean is the traffic manager at H.M.
Stauffer and Sons in Leola.
Kristine Daiber Warner '03 and her
husband, David R. Warner Jr., Esq., '02,
welcomed a son, Micah Abraham Warner,
into their family on Aug. 6, 2008.
Julia Krovic Martinez '04 and her
husband, Jonathan, welcomed a daughter,
Rachel Elisabeth, into their family on May
David L McCabe '04 and his wife, Kim,
welcomed a daughter, Kaylee Jane, into
their family on June 18, 2008.
Michael A. Rock '04 and his wife,
Alison, welcomed a daughter, Kennedy
Elizabeth, into their family on April 11,
2008. Michael is a specialized foster care
case manager at The Children's Home of
Dr. Catherine Romagnolo, assistant
professor of English at LVC, and her
husband, Scott Melby, welcomed twin
daughters, Lucy and Julia, into their family
on Sept. 7, 2008.
Aly Sehl welcomed a son, Mason Patrick,
into her family on Sept. 7, 2008. Aly is the
residential life area coordinator at LVC.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Stachow 70 and her
husband, Bob Guthrie, have six children
and six grandchildren. Betsy says if they
had known having grand-children was so
much fun they would have had them first!
M. Brent Trostle '88 and Nancy Ann Nuth
exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 10, 2008,
in Siena, Italy. He is the vice president of
portfolio management for Old Mutual
Financial Network in Baltimore, MD.
Kirk A. Cremer '90 and Kate Stewart
exchanged wedding vows on June 7,
2008 in Reading. He is a web marketing
specialist for a leading employee benefit
Kristine Daiber Warner '03 with her son
Micah Abraham Warner
Angela Fischer Fracalossi '91 and Leon
Carrar exchanged wedding vows on Oct.
24, 2008, in Ft. Myers, Fla. She is a
law student at Concord University Law
School in Los Angeles, and the mother of
daughter Nina, 6.
Susan Sarisky '92 and Jim Jones exchanged
wedding vows on Jan. 3 in Hershey. She is
the director of admission at LVC.
Michael Robinson '00 and Jennifer Lynn
Kratowicz exchanged wedding vows on
July 12, 2008, in Southampton. Michael
Evans '00 f Brian Stahl '98, Amy Schimpf
Stahl '98, Craig Stahl '99 f and Beth Salter
Stahl '97 were in attendance. Mike is the
band director in the Central Bucks School
District in Warrington.
Cheryl D. Lukeski '01 and Peter M.
Ambruch exchanged wedding vows
on Nov. 2, 2007, in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Members of the bridal party included
Eugene "Gene" Kelly '01, Sara G. Hodon
'02, Sara Mintonye Taylor '02, and Lori
Evaristo Widney '03. LVC alumni in
attendance were Kate R. Wilson '00, Jason
B. Widney '02, and Andrew S. Taylor '02.
Matthew R. Ralph '01 and Sara Schlappig
exchanged wedding vows on July 5, 2008,
in Cleona. Jeremy Brodt '01 was in the
wedding party. Matt is a communications
associate with the Greater Louisville
Melissa A. Dunmire '02 and Joshua L.
SheafFer exchanged wedding vows on June
21, 2008, in Middletown. Melissa is a
music teacher at Nye Elementary School
in the Lower Dauphin School District,
Genevieve L Slawecki '02 and John
Finley exchanged wedding vows on
Sept. 15, 2007, in Phoenixville. Micki
Haggblom Mason '01 and Aubrey
Edwards Lee '01 served as bridesmaids.
Gen is a kindergarten teacher in the
Phoenixville Area School District.
Raymond James Whittaker III '02 and
Laura Marie Baron exchanged wedding
vows on April 26, 2008, in Scranton.
Michael Martin '02 served as best man
and Thomas Mace '01 served as an usher.
Ray is employed by the Pennsylvania
House of Representatives.
Jordan Brooke Jack '03 and Brent
Mollohan exchanged wedding vows
on July 29, 2006, in Longneck, Del.
Jenna Micozzi Kline '03 served as a
bridesmaid. Jeff Kline '04, Melissa Youse
MacCormack '03, Doug MacCormack
'04, Chrissy Bigler '03, Dana Jurasits
Miller '03, Danielle Grill Lyter '03, Ben
Lyter '03, Holly Zimmerman '03, Sarah
Dietrich Linn '03, and Max Linn '06 were
in attendance. Jordan teaches second
grade in the Lake Forest School District in
Jeremy R. Lutz '03 and Rebecca Lynn
Moser exchanged wedding vows on July 5,
2008, in Myerstown. He is a second-grade
teacher at Tyson Schoener Elementary
School in the Reading School District.
Kristen Barone '04 served as the reader.
Jessica Serafin '06, Heather Przyhocki
'07, Jessica Sypher '04, Olivia Palamara
'05, and Jennifer D'Emilio '03, all sorority
sisters, were in attendance. Heidi is an
inside sales person with Wurth Wood
Group in Elkridge, Md.
(Above) Liana Michele Voinier '03 and
Kenneth M. McFadden '03 exchanged
wedding vows on June 28, 2008, in
Hershey. Dustin Baelz '03 served in
the wedding party. Brock Hoover
'03, Lisa Bunda Hoover '02, Rebecca
Gieseman Duran '03, Tara Brownlee
Nolte '03, Karen Jagielski Worthington
'03, Michael Worthington '03, Megan
Neuhauser Subbio '03, Heather Anspach
Bellows '04, Kristen Wardrop '02,
Jennifer Peirson Kuntz '03, Jessica
Cantrell Newcomer '01, William
Newcomer '00, and Vicki Cantrell '99
were in attendance. Liana is a learning
support teacher at the Bonfield Elementary
School in the Warwick School District,
Lititz. Ken is the lead customer service
specialist at Lancaster General Hospital.
(See page 24) Heidi Ann Juliano '04 and
Eric Slegowski exchanged wedding vows
on June 14, 2008, in Hershey. Lauren
Bates '06 served as a bridesmaid, and
(Above) Jennifer Elizabeth Keller '04
and Galen Eugene Kapp '06 exchanged
wedding vows on July 12, 2008, in Camp
Hill. The Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Keller 79,
father of the bride, along with The Rev.
Nancy Miller 76, the brides aunt, officiated
the ceremony. The bride is also the daughter
of Betsy Miller Keller 79. The wedding
party and guests included 34 LVC alumni.
Jennifer L Davis '02, Melanie E. Fink '02,
and Tiffany M. Griffie-Gross '04 served as
bridesmaids. Michael Gamon '06 served
as a groomsman. Jennifer is a first-grade
teacher for the Palmyra Area School
District and Galen is the corporate
communications coordinator for PACE
Resources, Inc., in York.
Kristina Ann Zane '04 and Terry Lott
exchanged wedding vows on June 24,
2006, in Woodbury Heights, N.J. Erin
McGeorge '03 served in the bridal party.
Scott McKeown '02, Kristin Camilli '03,
Lisette Bankus '04, Erica Gibson '04,
Amy Panetta '04, Lauren Davis '04, Lisa
Landis '04, Lorraine Patton '04, and
Jen Borgerding '04 were in attendance.
Kristina teaches fifth grade in the Penn
Beach Elementary School, in the Pennsville
Township School District in New Jersey.
Class News & Notes
(Above) Back Row: Lauren Bates '06, Heidi Juliano Slegpwski '04; Front Row: Jessica Serafin '06,
Heather Przyhocki '07, Jessica Sypher '04, Olivia Palamara '05> Jennifer D'Emilio '03
Gina Marie Battistelli ( 05 and Jason Daniel
Barb exchanged wedding vows on May 17,
2008, in Lebanon. She is an executive assis-
tant for Central Pennsylvania Transpor-
tation in Lancaster.
(See page 28) Erica Nicole Hansen '05
and Greggory N. Musser '06 exchanged
wedding vows on Aug. 10, 2008, in
Kingston, N.Y. James H. Buckson f 06 and
John P. Henry IV '06 served as groomsmen.
Kimberly R. Beebe '06, Andrew S. Jenkins
f 05, Heather Dodds Jenkins '05, and
Dr. Josh T. Anderson '05 f D'07 t were in
Christine M. Jessen '05 and Matthew B.
Murphy '07 exchanged wedding vows on
June 21, 2008, at the Aberdeen Proving
Ground in Maryland.
Sarah E. Landis '05 and Jason Hancock
exchanged wedding vows on July 19, 2008,
in Telford. Dr. Alina Gottschalk '05 r D'07
served as a bridesmaid. Lucinda Burger
Knauer 74, Davis J. Knauer '74, Lynn
Leidig Bentz '05, Rusty Bentz '05, Lottie E.
Saylor '05, and Dan Zilinskis '05 were in
attendance. The brides mother is Priscilla
Lamparter Landis '76. Sarah is a service
coordinator and assessment specialist for
the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.
Angelica Rodriguez '05 and Josh Roberts
exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 21,
2008, during a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.
Shaylene Scheib '07, Stephanie Kline '06,
and Andrew Moser '05 were in attendance.
She is a category analyst with Daymon
Worldwide in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Julie Marie Bicker '06 and Matthew E.
Bieber '06 exchanged wedding vows on
July 12, 2008, in Lancaster. Julie teaches
fifth grade at Annapolis Elementary School
and Matt teaches science at Chesapeake
Middle School in Pasadena. Both schools
are in Maryland.
Rachel Elizabeth Kury '06 and Michael M.
Foster exchanged wedding vows on June
28, 2008, in Lebanon. She is a teacher in
the Lebanon School District.
(See page 25) Julianne Maurer '04, '06
and Matthew Merring '03 exchanged wed-
ding vows on June 21, 2008, in Slatington.
Stacey Rivenburg '04 served as maid of
honor and Rebecca Lambert Hanson '04
served as a bridesmaid. Lee Ackerman '04
served as best man. Joshua Rodgers '05
served as a groomsman. Julianne is a case
manager and Matt is a residential program
supervisor, both at Community Services
Angela Elizabeth Petiak '06 and David
DiRamio exchanged wedding vows on
Sept. 27, 2008, in Glen Mills. Jana
Rapposelli '06 and Jennifer Leister Harp
'06 served as bridesmaids.
(See page 30) Amanda Jo Soliday '06 and
Jeffrey Scott Albright '06 exchanged wed-
ding vows on June 21, 2008, in Lebanon.
Teresa Trainer '05, Steve Long '06, Greg
Couturier '06, and Mike West '06 served
in the wedding party. LVC alumni in
attendance included Freddie Long '05,
Brittany Sanders '08, Kendra Stichler
Stouch '04, and Kristen Stichler Weaber
Amanda Bickel '07 and Daniel Aaron
Maulfair exchanged wedding vows on Aug.
9, 2008, in Myerstown. She is a life skills
teacher in the Northern Lebanon School
District in Fredericksburg.
Kellianne Harkins '07 and James Worthing-
ton exchanged wedding vows on June 21,
2008, in Turnersville, N.J. She is a special
education teacher at the Hainesport
Elementary School in New Jersey.
Kara L Honicker '07 and Matthew S.
Hummel exchanged wedding vows on
June 7, 2008, in Pottsville. Sonya R. Carey
'02, Melissa R. Barrella '03, Staci A.
Storti '05, and Ashley D. Spearing '06
were in attendance. Kara is a nursing
assistant at the South Jackson Campus of
the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville.
Aimee Pellissier '07 and Cody Radel
exchanged wedding vows on July 26, 2008,
at the First United Church of Hershey. She
is a teacher in the Lower Dauphin School
District in Hummelstown.
Julia Mae Pfeiffer '07 and Jarrett
Wetherhold exchanged wedding vows on
Aug. 2, 2008, in Hershey. She is a music
educator in the Allentown School District.
Holly Ann Shissler '07 and Sean C. Zellers
exchanged wedding vows on July 12,
2008, in Sunbury. Sierra MartzTomlinson
'07 served as matron of honor. Holly is the
head teacher at The Goddard School in
Ashley J. Visneski '07 and Zachary
Candler exchanged wedding vows on
1st Row (L to R): Eric u Cigga" Kratz '04,Jacklyn EbertKratz '03, Steven Kratz '06; 2nd Row:
Dan Newell '03, Rebecca Lowthert '06, Stephanie Wayne Kline '02, Julianne Maurer
Merring '04, '06, Matthew Merring '03, Stacey Rivenburg '04, Rebecca Lambert Hanson '04,
JolieneBlain '06, Ashley Kreider Pile '05, John Feather '04; 3rd Row: John Crognale '06,
Kevin Strunk '05, LeeAckerman '04, Jeffrey Kline '01, Tonya Connors '03, Kyla Snyder '05;
4th Row: Kyle Gohn '03, Lynn Donmoyer '07, Joshua Rodgers '05
July 12, 2008, in Lancaster. Rebecca
Rentzel Verdon '07, William Verdon Jr.
'07, Alison E. Hartman '07, Julia A. Cupp
f 07 r Krista Hartenbach '06, Travis Leap
'04 r Carrie Hawthorne Leap '03, and Joel
Varano '06 were in attendance.
Rebekah Jeanne Willson '07 and Thomas
Morse exchanged wedding vows on March
29, 2008, in Rockaway, N.J. Richard
Weinhoffer '05 served as the best man, and
Scott Troxell '05 served as a groomsman.
Kelly O'Brien '07, Ann Heckman '07,
Back Row: Kelly Gavin '06, Dr. Kelly Hilkert Greene
'06, D'08, Isaac Greene '06, CoryHackman '06;
Front Row: Sarah Miller, Dr. Jessica Hougentogler
'06, D'09, Joanna Tiedeken Demchak '05, Adam
Demchak '04, Michael Hilkert, Eric Miller '05
Denise Correll '07, Amanda Wolfe '07, and
Nicole Guenther '06 were in attendance.
Rebekah is a pre-kindergarten teacher at
Genesis Preschool in Sinking Spring.
(Left) Dr. Kelly Lynn Hilkert 06, 08 and
Isaac Sargen Greene '06 exchanged wed-
ding vows on Sept. 6, 2008, in Reading.
Kelly Gavin 06, Dr. Jessica Hougentogler
'06, D'09, Joanna Tiedeken Demchak '05,
Adam Demchak '04, and Cory Hackman
'06 were members of the bridal party.
Megan M. Pierce '08 and David P. Zim-
merman '07 exchanged wedding vows on
July 14, 2008, in Rochester Mills. Megan
is a student at Widener School of Law.
David is employed by Eastern Alliance
Insurance Group as a select underwriter
and is attending the Pennsylvania State
University to complete a master s degree in
Ashley N. Swonger '08 and Elisha Paul
Shirk exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 9,
2008, in Long Beach Island, N.J. Holly E.
Sallade '08, Amanda C. Armstrong '08,
and Nicole L Caruso '08 served as brides-
maids. Ashley is a physical therapy tech-
nician at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Catherine Weible Kaylor '80 and her
husband, Galen, celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on Oct. 12, 2008.
Catherine is retired from the process
support department at Hershey Chocolate
Joseph T. Oxley '52
has been operating
the Monmouth Day
Camp for boys and
girls ages 4 1/2 to 14 in New Jersey, since
1955. His four sons help with the camp.
Marlene Brill Bell '58 retired in
November 2008 after 55 years as the
first — and only — organist at Hamilton
Park United Church of Christ in
Lancaster. She became the organist there
at 16, before she was a member. Being
truly dedicated, she says that until recendy,
she probably missed no more than eight
Marlene Brill Bell '58
Sundays. During a service in her honor,
the choir sang an award-winning hymn
that she wrote in 1961, which won eighth-
place in a national (former) Evangelical
and Reformed stewardship contest. Marlene
taught music in elementary school for
almost 40 years — in the Spring Grove
Area School District in York and Eastern
Lancaster County School District. Prior to
marrying Don Bell, she taught private
piano lessons in her home and accompanied
the former Lancaster Opera Workshop.
Class News & Notes
Mark R. Dubbs '60 is a
retired music educator
and church choir direc-
tor/organist. In March,
he was a judge for the Howard County
Maryland Public Schools Choral Festival.
The Rev. Dr. William "Will" Glaser 61
is enjoying retirement in Colorado with
his four grandchildren. He is a part-time
chaplain at Parker Valley Hope, a drug and
alcohol rehabilitation center in Parker, Colo.
Malcolm Lazin, Esq., '65, a member of the
Colleges Board of Trustees, coordinated a
major donor event for the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgendered and Straight allies
for Obama in Pennsylvania and helped
raise $150,000. Founder of the Equality
Forum, Malcolm is proud to note that
the organizations website, developed
in support of GLBT History Month
(October), has more than 500 organization
links; up from 200 when the site launched
Robert P. Shoap '65 retired from Lockheed
Martin in New Orleans, La., in February.
Glenn R. Stech '65 is the supervisor at RTX
Tax Service in Kenhorst. He oversees all
phases of individual and corporate taxation,
accounting, and financial planning.
The Rev. Dr. Rodney H. Shearer '66 is the
pastor at Kochenderfer United Methodist
Church in Lebanon. He has served in many
different capacities in the Eastern Pennsyl-
vania Conference of the United Methodist
Church during the past 40 years, most
recendy as district superintendent of the
Bonnie Hood Witmer '66 directed the
2008 Musical Art Society June Concert
Series: "Music for a Summer Night." She
is a counselor for the Workshop for Young
Performing Artists in Lancaster.
IBM's periodical, Common Connect, fea-
tured an article by Doris "Dori" Kimmich
Allen '67. She served on the IBM Com-
mittee for Volunteer Excellence and is a
speaker at various IBM conferences. In
May 2008 she was recognized as a speaker
of merit by the organization. A former
IBM employee, Dori has been instru-
mental in establishing the Retired IBM
Helen Kowach Lind '68 retired in June
2008 from the Arapahoe Library District
in Englewood, Colo., after more than 14
years as a paralibrarian. Her retirement
plans include more travel and continued
genealogy research on her and her
husband s families.
Richard "Rich" Simington '68 is a volun-
teer member of the National Response
Team Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
through the Presbyterian Church.
Terra Cotta Warriors:
Guardians of China's
March 20, 2010
Mark your calendars now! ite office of Alumni
Programs has reserved tickets for the upcoming blockbuster
exhibition, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of Chinas First Emperor,
at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. Nearly
2,000 years ago, thousands of life-size clay figures were buried in
massive underground pits to accompany Chinas first emperor, Qin
Shihuangdi, into the afterlife. Their discovery outside the city of
Xi'an in 1974 is one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th
Stand face-to-face with treasures from the tomb complex that
include life-size figures, weapons, armor, coins, and more. Don't
miss this chance to see the largest collection of significant artifacts
from China ever to travel to the United States.
For tickets and information, visit www.lvc.edu/alumni.
The term "student-athlete" rightfully applies to any
undergraduate attempting to juggle a full academic workload
while competing in intercollegiate athletics.
But for someone who has accomplished what Alex Wolfe '09
has, scholar-athlete would be a more apt description.
A star performer on Head Coach Laurel Martin's team, Wolfe
recently received three highly prestigious awards, two for her
academic work and one for her stellar play for Lebanon Valley
College's nationally ranked field hockey team.
An English major who boasts a 3.78 grade-point average,
Wolfe was honored in January as the Middle Atlantic
States Collegiate Athletic Corporation Scholar-Athlete of the
Year, an award that came just two months after she was
selected as the Commonwealth Conference Player of the
Year for leading LVC to the conference finals and to a berth
in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. In March, she
became only the fourth Dutchman since 1995 to earn an
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She joins Casey lezzi '96,
Sarah Dietrich '04, and Jenn Northcott '06. In addition, Wolfe also
received All-America status from the National Field Hockey
Coaches Association during a senior season in which she
became LVC's career leader in assists.
The honors serve as a fitting climax to Wolfe's career as a
student-athlete at Lebanon Valley, where she found a home in
the fall of 2006 after spending her freshman year at NCAA D-l
Wolfe's decision to attend Lafayette came from her desire
to play field hockey at the D-l level in a strong academic
setting. But with the Leopards struggling on the field in her
freshman year, Wolfe eventually decided to take a shot at
having the best of both worlds at LVC. She's never looked
"It's worked out great," says the Womelsdorf native. "It's
one of the best decisions I've made. The balance between
academics and athletics at LVC is something that is very
important to me and has encouraged all my success."
Wolfe, who is set to attend the Regent School of Law in
Virginia Beach, is justifiably proud of what she and her field
hockey teammates have accomplished on the playing field the
last three seasons.
But it is the Scholar-Athlete award that is her most
"That is probably the award I'm most proud of," notes
Wolfe. "Being a great field hockey player is one thing, but
after graduation there's not really anywhere to go with that
Alex Wolfe '09 was just named to the CoSIDA/ESVN Hie
Magazine Academic All District First Team and is now in
contention for national honors.
besides coaching and playing in recreational leagues. The
scholar-athlete part is very important to me because it shows
that I can balance my time and that school is very important."
In terms of lifelong memories, though, it will be her field
hockey experiences that Wolfe will look back on most fondly.
In her mind, awards are temporary, but friendships are
"Field hockey in general is probably going to be the best
memory I have of college," says Wolfe. "Our team is great;
everyone gets along. The first thing I talk about with any
recruit looking to come here is the team bonding and morale.
I've never been on a team where everyone is just friends."
It's been such a tight-knit group that Wolfe is already having
trouble adjusting to a future that doesn't involve field hockey
on a daily basis.
"It's already strange," says Wolfe with a smile. "I get a little
depressed thinking about it. It's nice to have some free time
but at the same time it's weird to think there's nothing to train
for, no upcoming season. That's hard. But I'm sure I'll follow
the LVC team for a few more years while I still know all the
"Probably longer than a few years," she adds with a
Pat Huggins is a freelance writer in Lebanon.
Class News & Notes
Erica Nicole Hansen '05 and Greggory N. Musser '06 (front) exchanged wedding vows on
Aug. 10, 2008, in Kingston, N. Y.James H. Buckson '06 and John P. Henry IV '06 (second row)
served as groomsmen. (L to r.) Kimberly R. Beebe '06, Andrew S. Jenkins '05, Heather Dodds
Jenkins '05, and Dr. Josh T.Anderson '05, D'07 were in attendance (seep. 24).
Dr. David E. Myers 70
is the director of the
School of Music at
the University of
Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Susan Shedenhelm 70 retired in 2008
from the Department of the Army after 29
years as a civilian computer engineer. She
resides in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
Nancy McCullough Longnecker 72 taught
a graduate course in Shanghai, China, this
past summer as part of a master's degree
program offered by Towson University in
William C. Quairoli 72 sold his Allstate
Insurance Agency business in Palmyra in
March 2007 and is now officially retired.
Richard Brunner 73 is the supervisor of the
Division of Policy and Staff Development
for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Juvenile
Justice Services. He is president-elect of
the Juvenile Justice Trainers' Association,
where he has been a member for 14 years.
Frank Rutherford 74 spent fall 2008 in
India, where he taught environmental science
and economics to U.S. students involved
with the School Year Abroad Program.
After retiring in May 2007 after 32 years
of teaching music in Indiana, Sarah Kuntz
Sergesketter 74 opened a private piano
studio. She also teaches music methods to
elementary education majors at Vincennes
University Jasper Campus in Indiana.
Anita Morbach Cosslett 75 teaches fifth
grade at Avona Elementary School in the
Wilson Area School District in Easton. Her
husband, Carl E. Cosslett 76, is the general
manager at the Bethlehem Division of
John G. Fenimore 75 is the director of
curriculum for the Edison Township Public
Schools, Edison in New Jersey.
Brenda McClelland Messera 75 is a
Christian educator and mentoring program
director at St. Paul United Methodist
Church in Charlotte, N.C.
Nanette LaCorte 76 retired on Jan. 1
after more than 32 years of teaching instru-
mental music at the R.M. Teitelman
School in Cape May, N.J. She is now
self-employed in her home, repairing
The Rev. Nancy L Miller 76 is a chaplain
resident at York Hospital. She is in charge of
the medical service line, the labor and
delivery unit, and also has on-call responsi-
Dr. Keith Alan Wharton 79 received his
doctorate of education in May 2007 from
the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
He is the director of music at Kent County
High School, the Kent County Fine Arts
chair, and is on the teaching staff of Wash-
ington College, as well as Chesapeake
College, all in Maryland.
Glenn Hoffman '82,
senior business analyst
in IT services at Fire-
mans Fund Insurance
Company in Novato, Calif., met nine-time
New York City Marathon champion
Grete Waitz in 2007 at the Fireman's
Fund headquarters. Glenn served as the
company captain for the JPMorgan Chase
Corporate Challenge Series in June 2008
for the third consecutive year. He recendy
won a Toastmaster s humorous speech
contest with a seven-minute presentation,
"We Are in Charge," which featured events
surrounding a past LVC Spring Arts
The Rev. Michael W. Sigman '83 is the
president of the Evangelical Theological
Seminary in Myerstown.
Debra Decker Ward '83 is a project sche-
duler for Pfizer Pharmaceutical in New
Robert Keith Wilson '83 is a partner with
Grant Thornton, LLP. He is the New York
practice leader for business advisory services.
Amy J. Hostetler '84 is a public relations
coordinator for the Virginia Department
of Health and a deputy to the commu-
nications director in Richmond. She had
been the science writer for the Richmond
Times-Dispatch since 1997.
In Full Bloom
Y NATALIE HOPE MCDONALD 97
The Washington Post recently profiled his latest book, A
Rose by Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep-Rooted
History of Rose Names, and he's been honored as a Great
Rosarian of the World. Stephen Scanniello 78 has dedicated
his life to the pursuit of flowers, starting with his days as a
biology major at Lebanon Valley College.
"I became interested in garden design
while working as an instructor in the
education department of the Brooklyn
Botanic Garden," says Scanniello, who now
splits his time between Bamegat, N.J.,
and Jersey City, N.J. with Dana Twining,
his partner of 20 years. "I was hired by
the botanic garden in 1981 based on my
botany and biology background from LVC,"
he says. After leaving the botanic garden
in 1998, his work today includes creating
and maintaining gardens for clients all over
the country as well as writing and lecturing
about the history of roses.
Scanniello's early days as a garden designer were anything
but glamorous, he admits. "One of my first jobs was to lug
bales of soil and move trees at Richard Gere's penthouse
in Manhattan, 14 stories above the city," he says. His life
changed in 1984 when he became the curator of Brooklyn
Botanic Garden's prestigious Cranford Rose Garden. "I knew
nothing about roses when I started," he says. "I jumped into
these beds of prickles, shed lots of blood, and have been in
love with roses ever since."
The Little-Known Lose
ind Deep-Rooted History
of Rose Names
DOUGLAS BRENNER a STEPHEN SCAXKIEI.I.O
Scanniello credits the botany and plant physiology classes
at LVC with laying the groundwork for his career. Research
excursions to Sapelo Island with Dr. Paul Wolf, professor
emeritus of biology, and the discipline of observing minute
details in histology classes taught by Dr. Allan Wolfe, professor
of biology, further enhanced a talent for research. "My love of
research, inspired by biology classes, led me to study the rich
history of roses," says Scanniello. "I soon became obsessed
with the historic links to roses and began writing my first
book, Roses of America!' He has written several books since
and is now president of the Heritage Rose Foundation. He's
also served as president of the International Rose Trials at
Bagatelle, Paris. He is known throughout the world as a rose
Over the years, garden design has led Scanniello to work
on dozens of fascinating projects, like helping movie star Julie
Andrews locate her favorite rose, naming the roses in Oscar-
nominated Nigel Hawthorne's (The Madness of King George)
English garden, creating a garden for The Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten, designing a rose garden for
Bruce and Patti Springsteen, consulting
on the vice presidential garden with Tipper
Gore, and having a glass of Scotch with the
mayor of Glasgow in his private chambers.
"Really good Scotch," Scanniello adds.
He regularly appears on Martha
Stewart's radio and TV shows, serves as an
international rose judge and as a consultant
to the National Arboretum, and is creating
a historical collection of roses at Trinity
Church Cemetery in Manhattan. But he
doesn't have to stretch too far to remember
the good old days at LVC.
"Dr. Susan Verhoek [professor emerita of biology] was my
mentor," he says. "And Dean [George Reynolds] Marquette '48
[late vice president emeritus for student affairs] kept me
focused on staying the course." Scanniello's other memories?
"Collecting wildf lowers and making herbarium specimens for
botany class," he says, "and living in Sheridan Hall with my
f rat brothers of the Knights of the Valley."
Natalie Hope McDonald '97 is a freelance writer in
Class News & Notes
Maria Montesano Boyer '86 is a founding
partner and the production editor of
UnTapped Talent LLC in Hershey. She is
self-employed as a freelance copyeditor and
proofreader. In 2008 she was hired as a
proofreader for Rush Limbaughs monthly
newsletter, The Limbaugh Letter. (See related
story, p. 7, and a profile on Boyer that
appears at 1heValleyOnline.edu)
Lt. Cmdr. Michael P. Cackovic '87 recently
completed his fellowship in maternal-fetal
medicine at Yale University. He is a maternal-
fetal medicine physician with the U.S.
Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif.
Dominic G. Macrina '87 is a staff nurse
II in the post anesthesia care unit at the
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
in Philadelphia. He received his bachelor
of science degree in nursing in December
2006 from Neumann College in Aston.
Vincent "Vince" Bulik '88 has been named
the general manager of the Lancaster Barn-
stormer's baseball team. He had been the
assistant general manager of the team.
Michael Steckman '88 is a product train-
ing coordinator for XLNT Software in
Dr. R. Jason Herr '89 is an associate research
fellow at Albany Molecular Research, Inc.,
in New York.
Michele Reichert Vera '89 is the curator
at the World of Scouting Museum in
Sheree L Rybak '90
is a partner with the
law firm Klarquist
Sparkman, LLP, in
In July 2008, Brian D. Wassell '91
celebrated his 17th year with the firm
Trout Ebersole & Groff, LLP, in Lancaster.
Susan Leonard McClain '92 is the clinical
director at Rehabilitation Consultants,
Inc., in Wilmington, Del.
Kristin Maize Meyers '92 is the accoun-
ting manager at Prospect Bay Country
Club in Grasonville, Md.
Kathryn Ford Trinidad '92 received her
master s degree in administration and
supervision in the spring of 2007 from the
University of Phoenix.
Jonathan D. Wescott '93 is the interim
vice president for student affairs at the
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Mark W.Henry '95
Michele Bottomley Hochstrasser '94 is
the athletic director and a faculty member
at The Banner School in Frederick, Md.
On Aug. 1, 2008, Mark W. Henry '95 f
director of advising and transfer services
at Northampton Community College,
became the chair-elect of the Pennsylvania
ACT Council, a non-profit organization
that supports educators at secondary and
post-secondary institutions in preparing
students for further education or for work.
Catherine L Kollet, Esq., '95 is an attorney
with Gross McGinley, LLP, with offices in
Allentown and Easton.
John M. Troxel M'95 is the director of
the master of business administration
program at LVC. He has been an adjunct
instructor in LVC s graduate business
program since 1997.
Allison G. Brandt '96 is a SCUBA instruc-
tor at Dive Makai in Kailua-Kona, HI.
Stephen A. Heck '96 is an assistant foot-
ball coach at Kutztown University and is a
contributing writer for Gridiron Strategies,
a football coaching magazine based in
North Palm Beach, Fla.
Cory Mattern '96 is the director of sales at
Crump Insurance Services in Harrisburg.
Jeremiah "Jerry" Wright '96 serves as
executive director of the Disability Empower-
ment Center in Lebanon. After being diag-
nosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, Wright
refused to give up. He started focusing on his
abilities rather than his disability, which led
him to his current "can-do" mentality. The
Disability Empowerment Center helps
individuals with disabilities through advo-
cacy, collaboration, and full participation
in the community.
Melissa Blouch Hooper '97 teaches English
as a Second Language at the Gateway School
for Agriculture, Science, and Ecology, in
the Reading School District.
Left to Right: Kevin Sabol, Teresa Trainer '05, Steve Long '06, Steph Popkin, Greg Couturier '06,
Megan Machamer, Jeff Albright '06, Amanda Soliday Albright '06, Chris Albright, Jackie Leid,
Mike West '06, Heather Weaver, Alan Dissinger Jr., andMarci Lymaster. Chris' cousin, Brynn,
served as Jlower girl (see p. 24).
(L to r.) Randy Kostelac '99, Eric White '99, and Ryan Redner '99
Once a teammate, always a teammate.
At least that's the way it's been for Ryan Redner, Eric White,
and Randy Kostelac ever since they met as incoming freshman
football players at Lebanon Valley College in August of 1995.
Since their first meeting all those years ago, the lives of
the three have remained intertwined as integral parts of the
team at Redner's Markets, Inc., a highly successful chain
of 39 grocery and 13 convenience stores located throughout
eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New York.
Redner's is based in Blandon, Pa., just north of Reading.
Redner, whose father, Richard, is the president and CEO
of Redner's, is a part of the company's management team
as chief operating officer and director of direct store delivery.
White manages the public relations arm as consumer
communications specialist and Kostelac is the human
resources manager for the company.
After graduating in 1999, Redner, White, and Kostelac each
joined the company on the same day in the summer of 1999
and are as close now as they were when they were battling
side-by-side on the gridiron.
"We all just clicked," says White, who roomed with Redner
and lived in the same residence hall as Kostelac at LVC. "I
wouldn't know how else to say it. We all realized that we had
a mutual friendship and that it would last."
Despite the close friendship they developed at LVC, the
trio couldn't have imagined that they would end up working
"Even in the beginning of our senior year I never imagined
them as professional colleagues," notes Redner. "It was just
one of those things. We were looking for jobs, opportunities
opened up, and here we are."
"Randy and I were fortunate to find a great company with a
great family to work for" adds White. "I don't know how many
people can say that they are still with the same company 10
years after graduating from college. It's been a good ride."
Their background as football teammates has helped them
endure the ups and downs that come with being in the
"Everything's great when you're winning" says Kostelac.
"Right now, sales are really good, so everyone is in better
spirits. At Redner's, when something isn't going well, the
philosophy is to ask, 'What can we do to get it turned
around?'" Adds Redner, "It is how you stick together when
things aren't so great that determines your friendship and
your success in business."
And the fact that the three, along with the families they've
started, have remained so close over time is somewhat
amazing even to them. In fact, the more they discussed their
longtime friendship and how it's translated into success in the
business world, the more special it becomes.
"The fact that we're all sitting here is pretty special," says
Redner. "It's a pretty amazing story when you think about it."
Pat Huggins is a freelance writer in Lebanon.
Class News & Notes
Natalie Hope McDonald '97, a freelance
writer, writes for University of Pennsylvania's
Wharton School, where she contributes to
an online publication for business leaders
around the world. She also writes a new
entertainment blog about Philadelphia
nighdife for the Examiner.com. She recendy
wrote an essay in the Harvard Review.
Susan DuBosq Vassallo '97 is a respiratory
therapist at the Milton S. Hershey Medical
Laura Lynne Davidson '98 is an assistant
veterinary surgeon at Oakhouse Veterinary
Centre in Sneinton, Nottingham, England.
Wendy Warner Froio '98 works part time as
an occupational therapist, while enjoying
working full time as a mother.
Dr. Joel Lefferts '98 is a postdoctoral
research associate in molecular pathology at
Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover,
Justin McCall, Esq., '98 is an attorney with
McGrath & Associates, P.C., in Pittsburgh.
Alexander Meyer '98 is an application
support engineer with Esko Artworks in
Ludlow, Mass. He travels in the United
States and Canada, training customers in
the use of computer-aided drafting and
graphics technologies used in the folding
carton and corrugated industries.
Aaron Strenkoski '98 is a vice president
at the Bryn Mawr Trust Company. He
also teaches online finance courses at the
University of Phoenix.
Robin Reigle Fetter '99 teaches remedial
reading in grades three to five at Williams
Valley Elementary School in Tower City.
Amie M. Jumper '99 is an access center
counselor at Philhaven Hospital in Mt.
Dr. Carrie Champ Morera '99 received her
doctorate in psychology in July 2008 from
the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Lisa M. Speck '99 received her masters de-
gree in counseling psychology in June 2008
from Prescott College in Arizona. She is a
mental health professional at Keystone
Children and Family Services in Harrisburg.
Sisters of Delta Lambda Sigma (Delphians) — 2008 Alumni Weekend
Seated in Front: Delia Sitaris Terris '88; Second Row: Dr. Sandy Charles AumiUer '90, Kim
Luthy '88, Sue Dunkle Digiacomo '88, Stephanie Butter Gundermann '87, Dee Benney
Stalnecker '90, Wendy FordRoyer '88; Third Row: Barb Lowie Hicks '89, Ursula Hoey
Howson '87, Tina Weber Phillips '88, Melissa Miller Sutovich '88, Christine Rissinger Malloy '90,
Karen Jones VanHouten '88, Sharon Faust Braithwaite '90; Back Row: Desanie Vlaisavljevic
Miller '88, Martha Stockbridge Hoyt '89
Steven R. Horst, Esq.,
'01 is an associate
counsel for Fulton
Financial Corp., in
The Rev. Christopher Rankin '01, pastor
of St. Johns United Church of Christ in
Fredericksburg, is a student in the doctor of
ministry program at Lancaster Theological
Lynne Tenley Shapiro '01 is the benefits
administrator in the human resources office
at Country Meadows in Hershey.
Michelle Walmsley Vigneux '01 is the
director of annual giving at Worcester
Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass.
Ellen M. Ditmer 02
is a vocal music and
piano teacher at the
Lehigh Valley Charter
High School for the Performing Arts in
Douglas Knepp '02 received his masters
degree in sports management in May 2008
from Millersville University.
Amy Leed Marsch M'02 teaches and
consults in science education at The
Pennsylvania State University's Berks campus.
Jennifer Wetzel Neidig '02 is the director
of communications with the Pennsylvania
State Nurses Association in Harrisburg.
Jennifer North Roberts '02 teaches elemen-
tary music in Hagerstown, Md. Her hus-
band, Tyler Roberts '02, is the media and
production coordinator at King Street
Church, as well as the co-owner of C&C
Coffee Company in Chambersburg.
Kuntz '03 received
her master s degree
in leadership for
teaching and learning in May 2008 from
Darryl Lawrence, Esq., '01, M'03 is a
prosecutor for the Pennsylvania Office
of Consumer Advocate, a division of the
Pennsylvania Attorney General s office.
LVC's New Board Chair
BY MARY WARNER
Dr. Lynn Garrett Phillips '68, the new chair of the Lebanon
Valley College Board of Trustees as of May 2, 2009, traces her
deep affection for the College to her student days.
She was a homesick freshman in the fall of 1964, but she
went on to earn a degree in elementary education from LVC.
"It was such a supportive environment," she says. "It was
engaging. It was fun. It was inspiring."
And it launched a career that took her from classroom
teacher to district superintendent to the leadership of the
executive education division of the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania.
Phillips, who by then had obtained a doctorate in education
from Penn, helped create custom programs for major
companies foreign and domestic — from Deutsche Bank to
The Clorox Company — that came to the prestigious business
school seeking advice.
" I had to know what the faculty did, be in tune with
the research, know what the company did, and see what
the hook was to get the faculty to want to work with the
company," Phillips says. "Those were very fine negotiations."
Phillips spent 30 years in public education, mostly as an
administrator, then six years at Wharton, retiring as interim
vice dean in 2005. "My career was just fabulous," she says. "I
worked with people with the highest ethics and intelligence."
Phillips was well into that career, serving as superintendent
of the Muhlenberg School District near Reading, when she
had what she calls an epiphany about the value of her LVC
While hiring 70 new teachers, she realized she was
looking for people who had the kind of high-quality liberal arts
background that LVC provides.
"I think you come away with more confidence about what
you know and the ability to process information better,"
Phillips says. "I was so thankful I had that broad background
for my thinking."
She also came away from LVC with a mentor— Dr. June
Herr (late professor emerita of education), then head of
elementary education at the College. Nourished by letters and
occasional lunches over the years, that friendship was to last
until Herr's death in April 2004.
Long after she retired, Herr kept a "database of students
on index cards in a shoe box," Phillips says. "She followed
me in my career all the way to Wharton. It was a great
relationship — and it wasn't just me but many, many of her
Phillips has taught in LVC's MBA Program, served as a
consultant in the search for a new chair of the Business and
Economics Department, and spearheaded the creation of the
department's Business Advisory Council. She became an LVC
board member in 2006.
She and her husband, Dr. Ed Phillips, live in Mount Gretna
and are active in the community there. She says her ideal
weekend includes golf, music, or theater on the Mount
Gretna stage and long hours in her extensive flower garden.
She grows winterberries for the birds, summer sweet for
the butterflies, larkspur, and delphinium, and blacked-eyed
Susans for cutting. Among the bulbs she nurtures are tulips
and daffodils that once grew in June Herr's garden.
Editor's Note: Dr. Lynn Phillips replaces William LehrJr., Esq., who
served as board chair from 2003 to 2009. Lehris currently president
and chief executive officer of Capital BlueCross.
Mary Warner is a freelance writer in Harrisburg.
Class News & Notes
Tara Brownlee Nolte '03 teaches high
school science and is the gifted advisor in
the Ephrata Area School District.
Dawn Raber '03 is the assistant front office
manager at The Hotel Hershey.
Brian Thomas Rafter '03 is a project manager
at eResearch Technology in Philadelphia.
Dr. Julia Wolfe '03 received her degree in
veterinary medicine in May 2007 from
Virginia Tech. She is a resident at the
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Michelle A. Biever '04
is the textbook man-
ager at LVC.
Katie deProphetis '04 is a school psycho-
logist for the Prince Georges County
Public Schools in Upper Marlboro, Md.
She received her specialist in education
degree in school psychology in 2007 from
the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Judith Leidy Hudacs '04 received her
master s degree in elementary education
in May 2008 from the University of
Scranton. She teaches first and second
grade at the Howard Gardner School for
Discovery in Scranton.
2nd Lt. Justin T. Kratzer '04 received his
commission as an officer in the U.S. Marine
Corps after completing a 10-week training
program in Officer Candidate School in
Lisa Marie Landis '04 is a government rela-
tions specialist with Pennsylvania School
Boards Association in Mechanicsburg.
Benjamin Mellish '04 is a systems engineer
ASC with Lockheed Martin in Boulder,
Karen Elizabeth Penberth '04 is a language
arts teacher at Annville-Cleona High School.
Pete M. Progin '04 received his masters
degree in leadership and business ethics in
August 2008 from Duquesne University.
Larry W. Barbour '05
received his master s
degree in chemistry
in August 2005 from
The Pennsylvania State
Dr. Alissa A. Byerley '05 received her
doctoral degree in physical therapy in May
2008 from the University of St. Augustine
for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Fla. She
is employed at the Blue Mountain Health
System, Gnaden Huetten Campus, in
Justin R. Engle '05 received his masters
degree in chemistry in May 2008 from
the Colorado School of Mines. He is a
research scientist with Roche Diagnostics
in Indianapolis, Ind.
Caitlin S. Flinn '05 earned her educational
specialist degree and school psychology
certification from Indiana University of
Pennsylvania. She is employed as a school
psychologist for Exeter Township School
District in Reading.
Crystal L Gibson '05 is the women's basket-
ball coach at Arcadia University in Glenside.
Pi*iin| dntTui-HWt with drugs
Yun Kyung (Sophia) Kwon '05, a Ph.D.
candidate in the chemistry department
at Princeton University, wrote the cover
article for the October 2008 issue of the
journal Nature Chemical Biology. She was
first author of a paper, titled "A Domino
Effect in Antifolate Drug Action in Esche-
richia coli." Sophias paper describes a mass
spectral study of the effect of the antibio-
tic, Trimethoprim, on intracellular folate
Janelle Lynnea Luckenbaugh '05 received
her master s degree in accounting in
December 2008 from the University of
Maryland. She is a certified public accoun-
tant with Sarfino and Rhoades, LLP, in
John Rizzo '05 received his masters degree
in education in May 2008 from Alvernia
University. He is a social studies teacher
with the Berks County Intermediate Unit
in Reading, as well as the head boys' basket-
ball coach at Antietam High School, also
Carolina M. Russo '05 received a bachelors
degree in business administration and man-
agement in 2008 from Central Pennsylvania
College. She is a front desk agent at The
Holly Behney '06 is a
staff accountant at JSP
Kate Allyson Fahey '06 is an elementary
general music teacher in the Washoe
County School District, Reno, Nev.
Michael John Gamon '06 received his
master s degree in viola performance and
pedagogy in 2008 from The Peabody
Institute of Music. He is the executive
director of the Warren Fine Arts Academy
of Music and teaches viola in the Baltimore
City Schools in Maryland.
Rebecca Louise Lowthert '06 is a
marketing associate with AAA Southern
Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
Nolan R. Ritchie '06 is an administrative
officer with the Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation, Harrisburg.
Vicki VanHise '06 is a graduate assistant
at Millersville University, pursuing her
Lisa Marie Albright '06,
'07 is a service associate
for Delaware Invest-
ments in Philadelphia.
Dr. Josh T. Anderson '05, '07 is a physical
therapist at Lancaster General Hospital in
Raised to be a Leader
BY MARY WARNER
As a little girl, Kathy Bishop loved
playing office. With a raised hearth
for a desk and her little brother for a
secretary, she modeled her father,
Vernon Bishop, the chemical engineer
and businessman who founded Lebanon
Her route to his office was
indirect — a physics degree in 1969 from
Wellesley College, an MBA in 1971
from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, then 16 years in consulting
and management in California and
Australia — but Bishop eventually wound up in the role of her
She is president, CEO, and chairman of Lebanon Seaboard —
supplier of fertilizer, grass seed, bird food, and turf products —
with six factories in three states and headquarters in Lebanon.
It's a company she has reshaped in the past 15 years to meet
new challenges in its markets.
"A good strategic plan for a
business or a college describes
what you're going to focus on,
some idea of what you're not
going to focus on, and a list of
projects — big, meaty things —
that will get you where you're
trying to go."
Along with his analytical bent and his leadership of Lebanon
Seaboard, Bishop inherited her father's commitment to
Lebanon Valley College, where the Vernon and Doris Bishop
Library is named for her parents. She joined the LVC Board
of Trustees in 1988 and has headed its strategic planning
committee for more than a decade.
A good strategic plan for a business or a college "describes
what you're going to focus on, some idea of what you're not
going to focus on, and a list of projects — big, meaty things —
that will get you where you're trying to go," Bishop says.
"That's an important conversation for an
institution to have."
The strategic planning mindset she
brought to Lebanon Seaboard in 1987
helped steer it safely through the tough
1990s when the independent stores that
formed a crucial customer base were
crushed by new "big box" retailers, she
Her own fierce determination helped,
too. "I always felt like I had something to
prove," she says. "My father wasn't real
keen about having a woman here ... My
mother felt strongly otherwise, thank goodness."
Vernon Bishop was 93 when he died in 2004. His
daughter's career has spanned years when fields that were
once all but closed to women opened wide.
If she'd been born male — or 20 years later — she probably
would have studied engineering like her father, she says. That
impulse toward analysis and problem solving is just one of
the many ways she's like him, she adds.
In her leisure, Bishop likes reading mysteries and playing
bridge — particularly duplicate bridge, which removes the role
of luck and turns entirely on skill. She also enjoys gardening
and hiking, and she travels widely.
Bishop and her husband, Bruce Kreider, rode elephants in
India three years ago on a tour that gave them close-up views
of tigers in the wild.
It was the fourth time Bishop had been to India. She's
intrigued by the rich mix of the strange and familiar there—
the ancient Hindu heritage and the modern English-speaking
democracy. "The understanding is always just a little out of
reach," she says.
In addition to her service at LVC, Bishop is a member of the
Pennsylvania Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy.
She has also served on the board of the Ben Franklin
Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania,
and in 1997 was named one of the Best 50 Women in
Business by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and
Mary Warner is a freelance writer from Harris burg.
Class News & Notes
Aaron Arndt '07 is a senior accountant for
the Public Broadcasting Service televisions
corporate office in Alexandria, Va.
Audrey Lynn Benner '07 is an associate
technical recruiter for The Computer
Merchant, LTD, in Norwell, Mass.
Craig D. Brown '07 is an account executive
with Aloysius Butler & Clark, a commu-
nications agency, in Wilmington, Del.
Sarah A. Carter '07 received her masters
degree in literary and cultural studies in
May 2008 from Carnegie Mellon University.
She is the affiliate operations coordinator
for Dress for Success Worldwide.
Crystal Amy Cascarino '07 is a senior
instructor at The Lovaas Institute in
Cherry Hill, NJ.
Dr. Erin Elizabeth Keiper '05, '07 is the
coordinator of physical therapy at St. Lukes
Hospital in Andreas.
Evan Thomas Langan '07 is a first-year
apprentice with the Steamfitters Local Union
475 in Warren, N.J.
Bettylou Mihal '07 is a correctional officer at
the Dauphin County Prison in Harrisburg.
Brian M. Montgomery '07 is a web content
writer for The WEBStaurant Store, a division
of Clark Food Service Equipment in Lan-
caster. He writes and edits product descrip-
tions and buying guides, and enhances the
e-commerce site's text and content.
Jameson A. Moore '07 teaches sixth-to
12th-grade communication skills in the
Center for Learning at the Pennington
School in New Jersey. He also coaches
basketball and coordinates weekend activities
for the boarding population on campus.
He recendy had his wood engravings and
photographs featured in an art exhibition
on the Pennington campus.
Jasmine T. Morgan '07 was the headline
act last summer for the Greenfield
A Man of the Sea
BY FREDERICK CUSICK P08
For former LVC Professor of Spanish Capt Charles Cooper,
the term "total immersion" means more than a cultural
experience in a foreign country.
At various times in his colorful life, Cooper
has had to swim away from a sinking aircraft,
been depth-charged by the Japanese Navy,
crossed the Atlantic in a sailing ship, trained
to salvage submarines on the ocean floor,
and hunted for clues on sunken treasure.
Cooper taught Spanish at the College
from 1965 to 1979 after he retired as a
Captain in the U.S. Navy.
"I had a lot of good students. I'm still in
touch with some of them," Cooper says.
Now 89 and retired, he and his wife,
Sheila Roche-Cooper 77, live in Dover, Del., where she is a first-
grade teacher. They have a seven-year-old son, Connor. Cooper
also has four adult children from an earlier marriage.
A sharp, articulate man who still speaks in the soft accents
of his native Texas, Cooper says he wound up in the Navy
because a West Point Army appointment wasn't available,
but a local congressman had a vacancy at Annapolis. A few
months after graduating with the Class of 1943, Cooper found
himself near Guadalcanal, swimming away from the carrier
U.S.S. Hornet after it was fatally damaged by Japanese carrier
planes in the Battle of Santa Cruz. A destroyer picked him up
and he was reassigned to the new battleship Washington as
communicator for Admiral Willis A. Lee. A few weeks later, he
stood beside Admiral Lee as the Washington poured 16-inch
shells into the Japanese battleship Kirishima during a vicious
night battle off Guadalcanal. The Kirishima sank the next day.
"We were very lucky on the Washington. All those shells
flying around; they didn't get us," Cooper says.
Later in the war he transferred to submarines and made
four patrols on the Spikefish. That submarine ran into its share
of Japanese escorts, which attempted to sink the ship. "That
was pretty impressive," Cooper says. "We just went as deep
as we could."
After the war, Cooper became a deep-sea diver to help
rescue distressed subs, commanded the submarine Tusk in
the Atlantic, held various staff jobs, and ended up teaching
Spanish at the U.S. Naval Academy before coming to Lebanon
At the end of his teaching career, Cooper was hired by
sunken-treasure hunter Burt Webber to research more
treasure opportunities. Cooper immersed himself in the
Archives of the Indies, Spain's colonial records in Seville, but
found no treasure maps. "I didn't make any money, but I really
had a lot of fun looking at the archives," Cooper notes.
Since leaving LVC, Cooper has spent a lot of time sailing
with his wife up and down the Atlantic Coast. That's over now.
The old sailor gave his last sailboat to one of his grown
sons a few years ago.
Frederick Cusick PV8 spent 26 years ^The Philadelphia
Inquirer before retiring several years ago.
Entertainment Series at the Greenfield
Corporate Center in Lancaster. She also
recently signed an artist-development
agreement, working under producer
Chuck Howard and collaborating with
musicians in Nashville, while co-writing
and recording original songs.
Rebecca Ann Peterson '07 is a research
support person at The Pennsylvania State
University's College of Medicine at The
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Shaylene R. Scheib '07 joined the staff
at LVC in August 2008 as the assistant
director of annual giving.
Benjamin A. Smith '07 is the store manager
at World Cup Ski and Cycle in Mechanics-
Andrew SpottS '07 is the band director at
Bishop McDevitt High School in Harris-
Erik P. Vargo '07 is in the Core Operations
Research Graduate Program at The College
of William and Mary in Virginia where he
also serves as a teaching assistant. During
the summer of 2008 he participated in the
National Aeronautics and Space Admin-
istration Langley Aerospace Research
Summer Scholars Program in Newport
Matthew R. Wells '07 is a computer con-
figurator for SHI International Corp., in
Stephanie V. Whitmore '07 is a mental
health consultant for Keystone Human
Erica Nicole Young '07 is the adminis-
trative manager to the CEO and develop-
ment and marketing directors with the
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
David P. Zimmerman '07 is an underwriter
with Eastern Alliance Insurance Group in
Adam M. Brossman '08 is an intern with
Gerhart Financial Services in Lebanon.
He is also pursuing his licenses in general
securities, and life and health insurance.
Brianna Nicole Brumbach '08 is a
learning support teacher at South Side
Elementary School in the Central Dauphin
School District, Harrisburg.
Joseph Caruso '08 is a staff accountant for
Perennial Health Care in Hunt Valley, Md.
Jacqueline M. Hane '08 joined the staff at
LVC in November 2008 as an admission
Charlie Hopta '08 is a music instructor and
band director at Notre Dame High School
Carrie Martin Kauffman '08 is a doctoral
student in physical chemistry at the Uni-
versity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She is a member of the McCall Group at the
university. The groups research is centered at
the interface between physical chemistry and
astronomy, a field often called astrochemistry.
She has been working on an experiment to
test a supersonic source that will model the
very cold conditions in space.
Robin Wendy Opperlee '08 is the manager
of finance and administration at the
Women's Resources of Monroe County,
Inc., in Delaware Water Gap.
Matthew C. Prebula '08 teaches sixth-
grade math and science in the North-
eastern School District in York County.
Laura Ann Stauffer '08 teaches second-
grade English and language arts at the
10th and Penn Elementary School in the
Reading School District.
Jennifer L Wert '08 joined the staff of
LVC in September 2008 as an admission
Bradley W. Bishop '08
is a staff accountant at
Beard Miller Company,
LLP, in Lancaster.
Ronald J. Drnevich has been elected
senior executive vice president and vice
chair of the Capital BlueCross board. He is
on the Board of Trustees at LVC.
William Lehr Jr. has been elected president
and chief executive officer of Capital
BlueCross. He is the chair emeritus of
LVC s Board of Trustees.
James M. Mead has been appointed to
serve as special advisor to the president
and chief executive officer of Capital
BlueCross. He is a member of LVC s Board
Mary Strock Rook '46 said that after hear-
ing a senior chorus perform for the Penn-
sylvania Music Educators Convention in
1983, she knew she had to organize a
similar group. The Happy Tones Senior
Women's Chorus, ages 55 and up (one is
91), recendy celebrated 25 years of singing
for all age groups from elementary school
children to seniors. After 348 programs,
the group is still going strong and has been
one of the greatest joys of her life. She writes,
"Oh, the power of music! Thank you, LVC.' ,
Marylouise Lamke Burke '62 had a tiny but
significant appearance in the movie Doubt.
She played in two death scenes on national
television this past fall, one on the series
Fringe, and one on 30 Rock with Tina Fey.
In 2008, Paul Fisher 71 guided the
Robinson Rams boys' tennis team to the
Virginia State Team Championship, as
well as the singles and doubles tides for the
third consecutive year.
John Cullather 76 served on the Presi-
dential Transition Team for President-
elect Barack Obama and led a team that
reviewed federal maritime transportation
agencies and policies to help prepare for
the smooth transition of government.
In May 2008, Stephen Scanniello 78
received the Horticultural Commendation
Award by the Garden Club of America for
his "tremendous contributions" in the pre-
servation of heritage rose varieties. In July,
he was a featured speaker at a conference
organized by Longwood Gardens and
the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore
College. This year he will be the recipient
of the 2009 Great Rosarian of the World
award, given previously to only one other
American. He is a freelance gardener and
designer in the New York/New Jersey area,
but travels the world to lecture and judge
rose competitions, (see related story, p. 29.)
CHRISTINE BRANDT LITTLE
In some respects John Boag '80 is an anachronism, but that
seems to suit him just fine. As the master craftsman of the
wheelwright shop at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, Boag
knows he has a plum job. "If you're interested in pre-industrial
technology," he says, "this is really the place to be.
"I've always liked and taken pride in the fact that I practice
an obsolete trade solely for the sake of preserving the skills
and knowledge of the trade," he adds. "If it weren't for places
like Colonial Williamsburg, many trades practiced in the pre-
industrial manner would be lost."
In colonial America, people who needed to transport some-
thing from place to place did so using horse-drawn carts that
traveled on wooden wheels hand built in the local wheelwright
shop. Using hand tools and incredibly precise workmanship,
the wheelwright would cut, shape, and join wood to make
wheels that could withstand travel on the rough, unpaved roads
of the time. These were skilled craftsmen who learned their
trade by apprenticing themselves to a master wheelwright,
advancing only after years of training to become journeymen or
masters of their own shops.
"I've always liked and taken
pride in the fact that I practice
an obsolete trade solely for the
sake of preserving the skills
and knowledge of the trade."
Today, of course, hardly anyone transports anything by
horse-drawn cart and the market for hand-built wooden
wheels has all but dried up — except in Colonial Williamsburg.
Still, those who are interested in such things hold Boag's
work in high regard — last December he became only the
fourth American to be granted membership into the centuries-
old London wheelwrights' guild, the Worshipful Company of
Wheelwrights. Incorporated in 1670, the guild today seeks to
preserve the craft of wheel making and to provide mobility
support to the disabled. The guild believes that Boag is master
of the only shop in the world still building wooden wheels
entirely by hand.
Last December, John Boag '80 became only the fourth American to
be granted membership into the centuries-old Worshipful Company
of Wheelwrights. (I. to r.): David M. Wernick, Upper Warden;
Kenneth M. Davidson, Master; Boag; and Brian D. Francois,
Clerk; at the induction ceremony held at Saddlers Hall in London.
After graduating from LVC, Boag worked as an interpreter
at two water-powered grist mills before finding his way to
Colonial Williamsburg. He served a six-year apprenticeship in
the wheelwright shop before attaining journeyman status in
1991 and ultimately becoming master of the shop in 2000.
Becoming a master craftsman in Colonial Williamsburg is
a bit more complicated today than it was in the 1700s, when
the master was essentially a journeyman who owned his own
shop. "Today, you have to present your credentials to the
director of the department and a committee of your peers,"
explains Boag. "You also have to show what you've done with
regard to furthering the research into your trade. It's almost
like defending your dissertation; you're presenting your body
According to Boag, that's where his LVC education came in.
"Learning how to do research and write proposals all comes
right out of learning how to write history and how to be a
good writer," he says. "You don't need a college education to
become an apprentice, but you definitely need one to move
forward in the organization. I think the grounding that my
education gave me in everything from art history to science
has certainly helped me in my career."
Christine Brandt Little is a freelance writer in Gettysburg.
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Spiros Anastasiadis Mo is triple majoring in
economics, business administration, and
accounting. Originally from Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, he is a four-year captain of the LVC
ice hockey team and is interning at the
Northern Trust Company in Toronto.
Brittany Ryan Mo is a business administra-
tion major with a minor in psychology. She
is the placekicker for the Flying Dutchmen
football team, and this summer she is a
finance intern at the Boston Beer Company,
Heather Howard Mo is a chemistry major at
LVC. Her interest in space has led her to an
internship with the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration. She is working on a
research project at NASA's Jet Propulsion
Lab in Pasadena, Calif.
Jon Blass '09 is a recent graduate of
Lebanon Valley College where he studied
Music Recording Technology. He is now
pursuing a career as an audio engineer
in the "Music City," Nashville, Tenn.
Gloria LaVanture Erb '33 died Oct. 12, 2008, in Harrisburg at the
age of 96. She was a retired English teacher from Swatara Township
High School and the Central Dauphin School District. Erb and
her husband owned the former Erb Flower Shop in Paxtang. She
was a member of the Paxton Presbyterian Church, Beta Theta
Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Dauphin County Retired
Teachers Association, and the Paxtang Civic Club.
Lt. Col. James T. Frantz Jr. '33, USAF, died Sept. 20, 2008, in
Lebanon at the age of 97. In 1931, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania
National Guard, Battery H, 213th Coast Artillery. He was
commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve and
served four years with the Civilian Conservation Corps as camp
commander in Maryland and Arizona. He joined the Army Air
Corps in 1941, was commissioned in the regular U.S. Army in
1947, and transferred to Department of the Air Force in 1948. He
retired in 1964 with 32 years of service. He worked for the State
Health Department in Montgomery, Ala., for one year, and as a
teacher in the Northern Lebanon School District for four years.
Frantz was a member of the Fredericksburg Lions Club and Mt.
Lebanon Lodge No. 226 F.&A.M. He was a member of the Air
Force Association, American Association of Retired Persons, and
700 Club. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, where he
served as vice president of the church council, as well as chair of
the finance committee. Frantz taught adult Bible classes at Salem
and Holy Trinity Lutheran churches. He served as a director, vice
president, and president of the Carlton Square Homeowners
Association in Lebanon.
Helen Summy Schell '36 died Sept. 6, 2008, in Bradenton, Fla.,
at the age of 95. She was a retired music teacher in the Cornwall-
Lebanon School District. Schell was a member of the Lebanon
County Education Honor Society and Delta Kappa Gamma.
She was a member of the Covenant United Methodist Church in
Lebanon, where she was the music director for many years. She
was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, the Rev. Marvin K.
Gertrude Ellenberger Dupler '39 died July 13, 2008, at the age of
90. She was in the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps during World War
II, serving in hospitals in Philadelphia, San Diego, and the Pacific
Theatre. Dupler also was a private duty nurse and worked at the
Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research in Rahway, N.J. She was
a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and the United
Methodist Women, East Hanover Autumn Leaves, Shellsville VFW
Post 9639, and the Historical Society of East Hanover Township.
She is survived by a daughter, Nan Dupler Papp '72.
Ellen Reath Wert '40 died Nov. 19, 2008, in Linwood at the age
of 89. She served in the Womens Army Corps in the U.S. Army
and was stationed at the Army Institute of Pathology, Washington,
D.C. Wert worked as a medical technologist at Providence
Hospital in Mobile, Ala., and then for the Mobile Infirmary. She
was very active in the local chapter of the American Society of
Medical Technologists in the late 1950s and 1960s. Wert was an
avid tennis player and bowler.
Ret. Lt. Col. Haven W. Kessel '41 died Aug. 28, 2008, in Staunton,
Va., at the age of 94. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps
and in 1942 he activated the 29th Signal Construction Battalion,
with which he went to the European Theatre of Operations. Kessel
received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service, World War
II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal,
and the American Defense Medal. He concluded his World War II
service as a Lieutenant Colonel and remained in the Reserves until
his retirement in 1973. Kessel was a member of Mount Pisgah
United Methodist Church, where he chaired various committees
and taught the Golden Age Sunday school class for 30 years. He
was a salesperson for numerous years, representing the National
Life Insurance Co. of Vermont, the United States Chamber of
Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Business.
The career he most enjoyed was as a teacher and a public school
administrator with the Augusta County Public School System,
and was the last and longest-serving principal of Spottswood
Elementary School, from 1963 to 1970, until the school was
closed. He opened the Augusta County Learning Center, from
which he retired in 1976. He is survived by a sister, Burnell K.
Betty MinnJch Christ '44 died Dec. 22, 2008, in Harrisburg at
the age of 86. She taught elementary and high school French,
English, and history. A teacher at Wiconisco High School and
Central Dauphin elementary and high schools, she was a charter
member of the Wiconisco Alumni Association. She was active in
the Methodist church where she taught Sunday school and sang in
the choir. Christ was a member of Harmony Club, Story League,
Womens Circle, and was a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels.
Jomarie Shannon Dresel '44 died April 13, 2008, in Connecticut
at the age of 86. She was a U.S. Navy wife for 25 years. After her
husband, Cmdr. Robert F. Dresel '42, retired, they lived on their
Christmas tree farm in Virginia for 33 years. Dresel was an avid
reader and enjoyed gardening and playing the piano. Besides her
husband, she is survived by a brother, Paul E.V Shannon Jr. '59.
Sarah Rosalie Blauch Early '45 died Sept. 16, 2008, in Cornwall
at the age of 84. A resident of Cornwall Manor for the past six
years, she volunteered to entertain groups with music there. Early
had been the pianist, organist, and choir director at Redeemer
Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, where her husband was the pastor
for 25 years. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Henry R.
Dr. Philip C. Deardorff '48 died Aug. 1, 2008, in La Jolla, Calif.,
at the age of 84. A veteran of World War II, he was a member of
the Army Air Corps assigned to the 8th Air Force in England,
where he flew P-5 1 Mustang fighter planes. He began his dental
career at Harrisburg Hospital then moved to Baltimore, where he
established his oral surgery practice in 1955. At the time, Deardorff
had no contacts in the area and developed his practice by literally
knocking on the doors of practicing dentists in the community
and offering them a more convenient option for their patients.
Deardorff was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed waterfowl
hunting, fishing, boating, and swimming. He was a member of the
Wiltondale Hunting Club and the Baltimore Country Club.
H. Ellis Kreider '48 died Jan. 6 in Annville at the age of 84. He
retired after 25 years as a realtor, owning and operating Kreider
Real Estate. He also was employed by Century 21 and Coldwell
Banker Real Estate, both in Hershey. Kreider was a lifetime
member of the Palmyra Brethren in Christ Church. After World
War II, he sailed with a relief ship, transporting cattle to Poland.
Kreider was an avid hiker and enjoyed walking. He was the
president of the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club. Kreider was
a long-time board member of the United Christian Cemetery in
Campbelltown. He was a Penn State football fan, and he and his
wife enjoyed farming on their sons organic vegetable farm.
Dr. George Reynolds "Rinso" Marquette '48 died Nov. 15, 2008,
in Lebanon at the age of 84. He spent three years as a teacher and
coach at Myerstown High School before a 38-year career as coach,
professor, and administrator at Lebanon Valley College. While at LVC,
Marquette served as the dean of men, dean of students, and retired
as vice president emeritus for student affairs. He was a veteran of
World War II, serving 34 months with the U.S. Army Air Corps
in the European Theatre, and flew 35 missions as a radio operator/
gunner. Marquette was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church,
Annville, where he served on the worship, music, extended ministry,
and finance committees. He also served several terms as church
council president, served as an adult church school teacher and lay
assisting minister, and was in the mens choir. In the community
Marquette served as secretary of the Ahnville-Cleona Recreation
Association from its inception, and two terms as the chair of the
Lebanon County Children and Youth Advisory Committee, and
bugler for the Lebanon VFW Post 23 Honor Guard. After serving two
terms on the board of directors of LUTHERCARE, he continued ser-
ving on its financial advisory committee until his death. He is survived
by his wife, Rufina Balmer Marquette '5 1 . For more on Dr. Marquette's
life, please see the February 2009 President s Report.
Earl J. Spangler '48 died Oct. 27, 2008, at the age of 85. He
served during World War II in the U.S. Navy's amphibious force
in the South Pacific, where he earned three battle stars and shared
a commendation award with three shipmates for rescuing 21
sailors and Marines swept overboard. After World War II he joined
Hershey Chocolate Company at an entry-level position and retired
in 1984 as president of the company and board director of Hershey
Foods Corporation. During his tenure with Hershey, Spangler
was named Dean of the Confectionery Industry by the National
Candy Wholesalers Association, received the Giant of the Industry
Award from the California Association of Candy and Tobacco
Distributors, and was a member of the distribution committee of
the national Grocery Manufacturers Association. After retirement,
he authored five Little Blue Books, memoirs of his childhood roots
in Campbelltown. Spangler had been president and a Paul Harris
Fellow of the Hershey Rotary Club, chair of the Dauphin County
Hospital Authority, a member of the Board of Harrisburg Hospital,
and member of the Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He
was a member of the Derry Presbyterian Church, the Brownstone
Lodge No. 666 F.&A.M., Harrisburg Consistory, Zembo Temple
Shrine, and the Hershey Italian Lodge. Spangler served as choir
director of the Campbelltown Evangelical United Brethren Church,
sang in a number of choirs and barbershop quartets, and was a
member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of
Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.
Edgar 0. Beck '50 died Aug. 28, 2008, in New Holland at the
age of 81. He was a sixth-generation funeral director, establishing
the Edgar O. Beck Funeral Home in 1952 in New Holland and
was its owner and operator for over 50 years. Beck was a veteran
of World War II and served aboard the battleship U.S.S. Alabama
in the Pacific. After graduation from LVC, he earned his degree
in funeral service in 1950 from Eckels College of Mortuary
Science in Philadelphia. Beck was president of the United Veterans
Committee of New Holland for 35 years and a leader in the
annual Memorial Day services held in a number of communities.
He was a life member of Conestoga Post 662 American Legion,
district commander of District 10 American Legion, Charles E.
Ludwig No. 7362 V.F.V, and Post No. 40 Amvets, all of New
Holland. Beck was active with the New Holland American Legion
and coached, managed, and sponsored American Legion junior
baseball for 30 years. He was a member of St. Stephen United
Church of Christ in New Holland. Beck was a lifelong resident of
New Holland, and because of his service to the community and
numerous organizations, was affectionately known as "Mr. New
Holland." He was a member of the Howell Masonic Lodge #405
F.&A.M. of Honey Brook, the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection,
Reading Consistory, Rajah Shrine, member and past president of
the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and member of the
New Holland Kiwanis Club.
Mary Louise Jagnow Hockley '50 died Sept. 7, 2008, in Lebanon
at the age of 81. In 1959 she began her teaching career in the
Lebanon School District. During her 30-year teaching career, she
taught at Franklin, Steven, and Southwest elementary schools. She
enjoyed bowling. Hockley was an avid fan of the Eagles, Phillies,
and Penn State. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in
Lebanon. Among others, she is survived by her husband, Frank W.
Maj. James Richard Bothwell '51 died Nov. 25, 2008, in Texas at
the age of 79. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, where
he flew B-36s, B-47s, and B-52s. Bothwell then worked 20 years in
civil service with the Air Force. He was a 50-year Mason.
The Rev. Dr. Paul W. Diener '51 died Aug. 19, 2008, in York at the
age of 79. A professor at York College, he taught religion, ethics,
and philosophy for 23 years and served as humanities chair. Diener
served as pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, York, for five
years. For 16 years, he was a missionary in the Philippines with the
Board of Global Ministries and taught at Silliman University in the
Philippines. Diener was a founder of the York Interfaith Alliance,
president of York Habitat for Humanity, an adult education
teacher at First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Red
Rose Barbershop Chorus.
Peggy Rook Bozarth '52 died Dec. 20, 2008, in Harrisburg at the
age of 76. She was a retired teacher, having taught at Linglestown
Junior High School and in the Carlisle Area School District. She
was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg. Among
others, she is survived by a son, Shawn A. Bozarth '81.
Edward F. Tesnar '52 died Nov. 11, 2008, in Lancaster at the age
of 80. He was the owner and operator of Little People Daycare
in Palmyra for 21 years until his retirement in 2001. Prior to
that he worked as the district manager of Lebanon-Lancaster
Bell Telephone Co., the Hamilton Watch Co., and the Economy
League of Pennsylvania. Tesnar was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving
after World War II with the Hurricane Squadron stationed in
Florida and Newfoundland, Canada. While attending LVC, he was
captain of the football team. He was a member of the Hamilton
Club and the Lancaster Rotary Club, as well as past president
of the Urban League. Tesnar was the president of the Lancaster
Aquatic Club, served on the board of the Middle Atlantic
Swimming Association, and was one of the founding members of
the Golden Meadows Swim Center in Lancaster. A 32nd-Degree
Mason, he was a member of the Valley of Bloomsburg Scottish
Rite Consistory and the George Dallas Lodge 531. Tesnar was a
member of Highland Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his
wife, Jeanne Edwards Tesnar '51.
Abram "Abe" Leaman '53 died Jan. 14 in Lebanon at the age
of 85. He served eight years on active duty as an electronics
technician first class in the U.S. Navy and was a retired chemistry
teacher from the Cornwall-Lebanon School District. Leaman was
a member of the Lancaster and Lebanon Kiwanis clubs where he
was president and Keyman of the Year. He was a member of St.
James Lutheran Church in Lebanon. Leaman enjoyed baseball,
golf, bowling, and cards, and was a ham radio operator. He was a
charter and life member of the Kanvas Kruisers.
Janet B. Schaeffer '54 died Aug. 15, 2008, in Randolph, N.J., at
the age of 76. She served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1955.
Schaeffer played bassoon and tenor saxophone in the Women
in the Air Force Band. She was a member of the Atlantic City
Community Band and the Hackettstown Community Band. She
owned an art shop for a number of years, worked for 15 years as
security director for the Action Savings Bank of Atlantic City, and
was an employment specialist for several years for Atlantic Cape
Community College. Schaeffer was a member of the Eastern Star
and St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Atlantic City.
Dorothy Pfautz Wenger '55 died May 5, 2008, in California at
the age of 90. She was a retired registered nurse at Leisure World
Retirement Center in Seal Beach, Calif. She received her nursing
degree in 1944 from the Lancaster General School of Nursing, as
well as the Florence Nightingale Award. She received her bachelor s
degree in religion from LVC.
The Rev. Harvey W. Ebright Jr., '59 died Dec. 16, 2008, in
Lancaster at the age of 86. He graduated from Lebanon Senior
High School in 1940 where he was a member of the championship
Lebanon Boro Rams football team. Ebright was a staff sergeant
in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 4 13th VMB Squadron and
served in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. Since 1955,
he served the Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist
churches in various locations in Lebanon, Lancaster, Dauphin,
Berks, and Chester counties, and in Ithaca, Ohio. Most recendy,
Ebright was an active and integral part of the fellowship at First
United Methodist Church in Lancaster. He enjoyed ice cream,
soft pretzels, fishing, camping, and collecting state quarters. He is
survived by his wife, Esther Wagner Ebright '44.
Mary E. Murphy '61 died Dec. 17, 2008, in Lebanon at the age
of 85. She was a retired teacher for the Lebanon School District
and the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. Murphy was the first
elementary school teacher at the former St. Marys School. She was
a member of St. Cecilia's Church in Lebanon.
Dr. Joseph R. Hooper '62 died Dec. 12, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla.,
at the age of 68. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force and served
as a flight surgeon with the 445th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
stationed at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Oscoda, Mich. Hooper was
a surgical resident at Harrisburg Hospital from 1969 to 1972, and
from 1972 to 1975 trained in cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic in
Ohio. He was a cardiothoracic surgeon who practiced in York and
Toledo, Ohio, until his retirement to Florida.
A. Charlene Chubb '65 died Oct. 25, 2008, in Coburn at the age
of 65. She was a psychologist and was the director of the Children's
Unit at Harrisburg State Hospital. She retired in 1974 and spent
her last 30 years at her beloved mountain retreat, Cozy Acres in
Carol Mickey Fleisher '66 died Oct. 26, 2008, at the age of 64.
She was a retired U.S. government program and budget analyst
with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to that she was an
English teacher in the Northeastern High School in Manchester;
worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, WRD, in Harrisburg; and
was a secretary for Child Development Services in Carlisle.
Gordon R. Kinard 72 died May 17, 2008, in Hershey at the age
of 57. He was a budget administrator for the Commonwealth of
Ronald L Scheaffer 72 died Nov. 20, 2008, in Harrisburg at the
age of 71. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. With more
than 40 years of federal service, Schaeffer retired in 1997 from
Navy Supply Information Systems Activity in Mechanicsburg as a
computer analyst. He also was retired from his job as a computer
analyst at Booz-Allen-Hamilton where he served as a consultant
to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces in Saudi Arabia. Schaeffer was a
member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Harrisburg.
Robert L. Stauffer 73 died July 25, 2008, in Halifax at the age of
65. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. He
worked the majority of his life at the former Bethlehem Steel plant
in Steelton (now known as ArcelorMittal), where he primarily
worked in the process control and fuel departments. In his
retirement he taught algebra and statistic courses at the Duquesne
University Capital Region Campus. He also attended Harrisburg
Area Community College and received his Pennsylvania state
inspection license and emissions certification. He loved tinkering
with cars and motorcycles. His interests included physics, history,
and nearly everything mechanical and electrical.
Jerry M. Frey 74 died Aug. 17, 2008, in Fayetteville at the age
of 56. He was the assistant director at Quincy United Methodist
Nursing Home and later served as director of the Franklin County
Nursing Home. He retired in September 2004 as fiscal director of
Franklin County. Frey was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church
in Chambersburg. He was an avid golfer who played in numerous
area tournaments, and at one time was the Pennsylvania State
Public Links champion. Frey also played in several collegiate golf
World Series tournaments.
Anita Getz Chapman '76 died Jan. 3 in Annville at the age of 54.
She was a member of the Annville United Methodist Church for
over 40 years, serving as the representative to the Lebanon County
Christian Ministries and as treasurer for its United Methodist
Women. Chapman had worked for the Milton S. Hershey Medical
Center for over 10 years, Dental Arts of Hershey for 16 years, and
most recendy, for the Hershey Company's TelAssist department.
She was a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum, the
PACE Miata Club, Skyline Drive Corvettes, and the Lebanon Area
Corvette Club. Chapman was predeceased by her father, Dr. Pierce
Allen Getz '51. She is survived by a brother, Joseph Allen Getz 79.
Robert R. Kirkhoff 77 died Aug. 12, 2008, in Hershey at the age
of 53. He was the general manager of Trola-Dyne, Inc. in York.
Kirkhoff was active in football, basketball, and baseball while in
school and was recendy elected to the Lebanon Valley College
Athletic Hall of Fame. He had been a coach and president of the
Hershey Youth Soccer League. Kirkhoff was an avid outdoorsman,
skier, road biker, and golfer. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne
Hackman Kirkhoff 77, M'98, and a daughter, Elyse H. Kirkhoff '12.
Pamela M. Stankiewicz '80 died July 21, 2008, in Pittsburgh at
the age of 54. She was a retired certified registered nurse anesthetist
from Anesthesia Associates of York. Stankiewicz was a member of
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in New Freedom. She
was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, cooking, needlepoint,
and crafts. She especially enjoyed watching her daughters play
softball, volleyball, and piano.
Todd R. Rothrock '81 died Aug. 5, 2008, in Nazareth at the age of
48. He was a financial planner who operated Rothrock Financial
Services/Ameritas Investment Corp. in Nazareth. Rothrock previously
worked as a sales representative for Met-Life Insurance and as a
marketing director for Harleysville Life Insurance. He served seven
years as head coach of the Liberty High School boys' basketball
team, ending his career at Liberty with a District 1 1 AAAA
championship in 2008. He was named co-coach of the year by The
Morning Call, and in 2006 was named the Express-Times Coach
of the Year. Rothrock was an assistant coach at Moravian College,
Nazareth High School, Pen Argyl High School, and Belvidere
High School in New Jersey. He was also a basketball and baseball
coach for the Lower Nazareth Township recreation league. He was
a member of the Dryland United Church of Christ in Newburg,
where he was a fifth- and sixth-grade Sunday school teacher and a
member of the financial committee. Rothrock was a member of the
Hecktown Fire Company and the Woodstone Golf Club.
Walter S. Sheets '88 died Jan. 19 in Mechanicsburg at the age
of 42. At LVC he was a member of the football team and concert
choir, and was one of the founding fathers of the Tau Kappa
Epsilon fraternity. While a student at LVC, he interned with
former State Senator George W. Gekas. Sheets was a premier
agent for Prudential Financial in Camp Hill where he worked for
1 9 years. He was a trainer and sales manager, served on the field
advisory committee, was a member of National Association of
Insurance and Financial Advisors, and was a qualifying member
of the Million Dollar Round Table. Sheets was a member of the
Camp Hill United Methodist Church and choir.
Senator James J. Rhoades III H'95 died Oct. 18, 2008, in
Allentown at the age of 66. He was a seven-term state senator of
the 29th District, Northeastern Pennsylvania. Rhoades served
as chair of the Education Committee and was a member of the
Appropriations, Transportation, Law and Justice, Environmental
Resources, and Energy committees. He was a member of Blessed
Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, Mahanoy City, where he
served as eucharistic minister and lector. Rhoades had been a
teacher/coach at Pottsville and Mahanoy City schools and a
principal of Mahanoy Area Junior High School. He was a member
of the Lions Club, Travelers Protective Association Post Q,
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 695, and Humane
Fire Company, all of Mahanoy City. He also was a member of
the Schuylkill County Sportsman's Association, Phi Delta Kappa,
Schuylkill County Chapter National Football Foundation and Hall
of Fame, Jerry Wolman Chapter Sports Hall of Fame, National
Rifle Association, and Ancient Order of Hibernians in America,
Inc. He is survived by a son, Michael D. Rhoades '95, and a
daughter-in-law, Jodie Smith Rhoades '96.
Stacy Jacoby Hill '04 died July 24, 2008, in Oklahoma
City, Okla., at the age of 24. She was employed by the State
of Oklahoma, Department of Environmental Quality, as an
environmental program specialist. She was also an exercise
instructor for a boot camp in McLoud. She enjoyed playing
softball in a local mixed league, the outdoors, and traveling.
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David Charles Evans died Nov. 28, 2008, in Hershey at the
age of 62. He received his bachelors degree from Slippery Rock
University, studied at the European American Study Center at
Basel, Switzerland, and received his master's degree from Rutgers
University. Evans was employed for 20 years at Lebanon Valley
College as the director of career planning and placement. He
also had been employed at the State University of New York at
Potsdam, Bloomsburg University, and at Milford High School in
Milford, Delaware, where he taught political science. He enjoyed
writing and coaching soccer, basketball, and track.
Rosa E. Mylin died Oct. 23, 2008, in Lancaster at the age of 95.
She retired in 1976 after many years of civil service with the U.S.
Internal Revenue Service. Mylin was a member of Westminster
Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. She was the wife of the late E.E.
"Hooks" Mylin, former head football coach at Lebanon Valley
Rhea Paul Reese died July 31, 2008, in Pawleys Island, S.C.,
at the age of 89. She was a secretary at the Old State Highway
Department. In 1940 she married Robert Hyson Reese, eldest
son of H.B. Reese, who became chairman of the board of the
H.B. Reese Candy Company. Reese spent most of her adult life
volunteering and was active in the Harrisburg Hospital Auxiliary,
Harrisburg Civic Club, Lebanon Valley College Garden Club
in Harrisburg, Hershey United Church of Christ Church of
the Redeemer, Harrisburg YMCA, Roberta Disbrow Lloyd
Sunshine Society, Dauphin County Cancer Society, Harrisburg
Art Association, Hershey Symphony, Salvation Army, Harrisburg
Osteopathic Hospital, and several other organizations. She was an
avid gardener, cook, and loved playing the piano and organ.
Dr. Darwin G. Glick '58, LVC Trustee Emeritus, Dies
Dr. Darwin G. Glick '58, a trustee emeritus at Lebanon Valley College,
died Sunday, May 17, just one day after he was awarded a Doctor
of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from LVC, his beloved alma
mater. He was 75. He passed away in the Lebanon home he shared
with his wife, Elizabeth Rose "Libby" Speicher Glick '58, whom
he married nearly 51 years ago following their LVC graduation. A
memorial on Dr. Glick will appear in the fall issue of The Valley.
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